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TEMPE, Ariz. - The extra versatility of Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua gives Rangers manager Jeff Banister the very real option of beginning the season with a shorter-than-usual three-man bench and extra bullpen reinforcements. "Having the versatility on the defensive side allows you that luxury," Baniser said Wednesday. In that scenario, the Rangers' opening day would consist of two of the trio of Profar, Rua and Delino DeShields (with the other playing left field) and backup catcher Robinson Chirinos. It would allow the Rangers to carry 13 pitchers to strengthen the shaky back end of the rotation and protect the core arms in the bullpen from early overuse. The Rangers' other bench candidates
Haus party: Rule 5 pick Michael Hauschild bounced back from an erratic outing with two scoreless innings in relief against the heart of the Angels' lineup. Hauschild got our ground ball outs, his specialty. Mike Trout grounded to short and Alberto Pujols to third. Kole Calhoun, who walked, was the only Angel hitter to reach against him. Hauschild allowed the Angels seven hits and four runs in his last outing. The Rangers must keep him on the 25-man roster at the end of spring training or offer him back to Houston. Getting shifty: The Rangers showed off a very severe shift against Albert Pujols with the bases empty Wednesday. It featured three infielders on the third base side of second base.