ARLINGTON -- Third-base coach Gary Pettis had nine players out for early bunting work Thursday. Joining him were catchers Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez, infielders Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Adam Rosales and outfielders Leonys Martin, Daniel Robertson, Jake Smolinski and James Adduci.
The Rangers try to get their young players out for early fundamental work every day, and bunting is a regular part of that.
"You never know when there will be an opportunity to bunt and I want them to be able to execute," manager Ron Washington said.
The only active players not out for early bunting were third baseman Adrian Beltre, first baseman Carlos Pena and outfielders Alex Rios and Shin-Soo Choo. Beltre was on the field during bunting drills, but he was throwing batting practice to Adrian Jr. in the outfield.
"I'm not going to be giving any bunt signs to Beltre," Washington said.
Beltre hasn't dropped a sacrifice bunt since 2006 while with the Mariners.
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