Woods eager to stick with Rangers

Woods eager to stick with Rangers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Coty Woods gave up a ninth-inning run in the Rangers' 6-2 victory over the Athletics on Thursday and showed a flash of anger on the mound. He had reason to be upset. Woods does not want to go back to the Colorado Rockies.

"I want to make this team and stay on this team," Woods said. "The guys are great and it's a winning team. I love baseball and I love to win. If you want to make the team, you can't give up runs. That's what yesterday was."

Woods was a Rule 5 Draft pick in December. He has to make the team on Opening Day and stay with the Rangers for the entire season or be offered back to the Rockies. The Rangers also could work out a trade with the Rockies but only after Woods clears waivers.

Woods had a 0.76 ERA and 16 saves at Double-A Tulsa last season but a 7.40 ERA in 23 games in the high altitude of Triple-A Colorado Springs. That's one good reason why he doesn't want to go back to the Rockies.

"I let it get to me too much," Woods said about pitching in Colorado Springs. "I was thinking about it too much. I'm used to having success. ... It humbled me a little bit. I had never really failed in my pro career. ... It made me keep working hard."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.