KANSAS CITY -- He's not officially on the roster yet, but he's got a locker.
Pitcher Eric Hurley, who will make his Major League debut on Thursday, arrived with the team in Kansas City. The Rangers will make the official move on Thursday, giving him a true roster spot.
"We just wanted to get him here," manager Ron Washington said, "get him in the atmosphere. Let it get in his head a little bit so by the time he gets his start he'll be relaxed."
Hurley, a first-round pick in 2004, had been pitching all season at Triple-A Oklahoma, where he was 2-5 with a 5.30 ERA. He had three quality starts in his past four outings. Hurley credited his recent success to several adjustments, including one where he brings his arms all the way over his head during his windup.
Hurley's wife, daughter and about 20 other family members, most of whom hail from Florida, are coming to watch his first game as a Major League pitcher.
"It can't come fast enough," the 22-year-old Hurley said. "I can't wait to get out there."
Mark Dent is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.