Two Rangers regulars have rough day

Two Rangers regulars have rough day

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Frank Catalanotto and Ben Broussard were among the regulars who made the 2 1/2 hour bus ride to Tucson on Friday afternoon.

They ended up with very little to show for their trip through the desert.

Catalanotto, who started in left field because there is no designated hitter, had to leave the game after one at-bat because of back spasms. Catalanotto told the Rangers' medical staff that the back just "locked up" on him. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday in Surprise, but probably won't play again until Sunday at the earliest.

"After he swung the bat in the first inning, he went out to left field and was moving around out there and the back started spasming," manager Ron Washington said. "We had to take him out. We might not get him out there tomorrow, but he should be ready after that."

Broussard made it to the plate for three at-bats, but struck out three times, twice against Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez and once against reliever Josh Newman. He is now 4-for-26 on the spring.

"It's just one of those things in baseball," Broussard said. "You just keep doing your work. There's a trust there. You don't panic. You know what you've done in the past, you know what you're baseball card says. You know you have experience. Everybody has a day in baseball where you are the guy and everybody else picks you up."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.