"He needs to get his arm in shape," pitching coach Mark Connor said. "It's coming, but it's not there yet. He's a four-pitch guy but with Josh you always have to stay on top of his mechanics because he can get away from them in a hurry."Koronka made 23 starts for the Rangers, third most on the team, but allowed 13 hits and two walks over six innings this spring. Wright factors: One reason why Wright might be the fifth starter is because he's in camp on a Minor League contract and can take free agency if he's not added to the 40-man roster on March 28. With the way Wright is pitching, the Rangers understand that he could find a job with another organization quickly and there is some sentiment within the organization to make sure he doesn't get away. If Loe doesn't make the team, he could be simply optioned to Oklahoma without fuss. "It's a factor," general manager Jon Daniels admitted. "We want to take the team we feel most comfortable with in getting off to the best start. But that's a factor. We'd like to maintain our depth, but we don't want to penalize Kam because of where he is in his career." Chen can become a free agent on April 1 if not added to the 40-man roster. He pitched three scoreless innings against the Rockies on Sunday. Arias' spring gets worse: Joaquin Arias continues to have a miserable spring. He has yet to play the field because of a strained shoulder and now he has an infected right thumb after somehow cutting it a few days ago. Because of his problems, the idea of trying him in center field never materialized and it's almost certain that he'll remain at shortstop for the immediate future. "It's unrealistic for us to consider him for that right now," Daniels said. "Once we get him healthy, we may look at him out there." Arias is 6-for-14 this spring as either a designated hitter or pinch-hitter, but now he can't swing a bat until his thumb gets better. "I need to play," Arias said. "My first game was as a DH. I didn't like that at all. I need to be in the field." He said it: "There are very few things in this game you can control, but I know what a game like this does for me, mentally and personally. It's great. There are always eyes watching you, whether they are from here or somewhere else. I know I can play this game and help this team win." -- infielder Matt Kata, who went 4-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, on Sunday. Briefly: Eric Gagne threw 20 pitches in a simulated game on Sunday and may make his first appearance in an A game on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. ... Also sent down to the Minor Leagues on Sunday were pitchers A.J. Murray, Franklyn German and Willie Eyre, catchers Kevin Richardson and Salomon Manriquez and first baseman Nate Gold. Up next: Right-hander Robinson Tejeda pitches for the Rangers at 3:05 p.m. CT Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants at Surprise Stadium. He will face right-hander Russ Ortiz. The Rangers are off on Monday, although right-hander Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less