Blalock arrives: Third baseman Hank Blalock was among those who joined the workout on Friday. The Rangers expect Blalock to be fully recovered from his shoulder and throwing problems last year and have no restrictions on him in Spring Training.Blalock underwent shoulder surgery on May 21 and did not return to the lineup until Sept. 1. But he was limited to designated hitter duty. Now he said he is ready to play third base full-time again. "You can pretty much pretend that I played all of last year, like I was never injured," Blalock said. "I haven't done anything yet but I don't expect any setbacks. I'm just excited to be able to be a complete player again." Outfielder Marlon Byrd also arrived and joined the workouts. Bradley at cleanup: Washington, who is thinking about his potential lineups already, said he is looking at Milton Bradley as his cleanup hitter. The Rangers don't have a true cleanup hitter with immense power and Washington said he wants someone like Bradley who can handle offspeed stuff. Josh Hamilton might end up being that kind of hitter but Washington said he's looking at him as a No. 2 hitter where he could see a lot of fastballs with Michael Young hitting behind him. Blalock could end up hitting fifth followed by Byrd, Ben Broussard and Ian Kinsler. Frank Catalanotto is expected to be the leadoff hitter against right-handed pitching with Kinsler there against lefties. Kinsler signs one-year deal: Kinsler is among 14 players who agreed to a one-year contract for 2008. Kinsler agreed to a deal worth $407,500 and the two sides will have further discussions about a multi-year deal. "I don't want to give a play-by-play on the negotiations but the lines of communication are still open," general manager Jon Daniels said. Also agreeing to one-year contracts were pitchers Scott Feldman, Matt Harrison, Kason Gabbard, Loe, Luis Mendoza, John Rheinecker and Josh Rupe, catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Max Ramirez, infielder Joaquin Arias and outfielders Hamilton, Brandon Boggs and Nelson Cruz. That leaves 11 players without contracts on the 40-man roster. Main concentrating on pitching: Pitcher Michael Main, one of the Rangers' two first-round picks last year, is one of over 40 Minor Leaguers working out in Surprise separate from the Major Leaguers. Main was drafted as a pitcher last year but the Rangers also let him hit because he was a great offensive player in high school. He was 8-for-30 as a designated hitter for the Arizona Rookie League Rangers but he will concentrate strictly on pitching this year. "He's a pitcher and a good one," farm director Scott Servais said. "From a development standpoint, we don't want him to miss time fouling a pitch off his foot or twisting an ankle running the bases. He said it: "You can't have training wheels on forever. If I'm going to do what I want to do, it's got to be by trial and error or whatever catchphrase you want to use. Nobody else can hold your hand. You have to do it on your own." -- C.J. Wilson, on being ready to be the Rangers closer Briefly: Catcher Gerald Laird is limited by a sprained ankle but still went through blocking drills and said, "You see me blocking balls? They can't hold me down. I told the doctor, 'they don't make them like me anymore.'"... Arias missed all of Spring Training with a shoulder injury last year and Washington saw him take ground balls for the first time on Friday. Said Washington: "The kid is smooth. I got to see him for the first time and I saw what everybody is talking about. He's smooth and he has quick hands." ... Washington also saw pitcher Kazuo Fukumori throw for the first time. Fukumori is coming off elbow surgery and Washington said: "He threw without pain. He threw the ball with ease. He wasn't having any problems and he was right around the plate."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.