Rangers vow to keep Russell Wilson out of batter’s box

News servicesFebruary 28, 2014 

SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Texas Rangers have no plans to put Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson at the plate.

Manager Ron Washington says it’s not a good idea to let Wilson hit in an exhibition game. Washington says Wilson hasn’t seen any pitches, and that it’s too risky to have him bat.

The Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback is set to be at spring training on Monday, and the former minor league second baseman might take part in infield drills. Washington says he wants Wilson to just enjoy his day at the ballpark.

“You think they want him to come down here and get hurt? The guy hasn’t seen a pitch. I’m not running him up there,” Washington said Thursday, according to ESPN.com, when asked whether Wilson might get an at-bat.

Wilson is expected to participate in a team workout and then be in uniform for the game against Cleveland.

The quarterback played 93 games over two seasons in Colorado’s minor leagues. He didn’t play above the Class A level in 2010 and 2011.

Wilson hit .228 with three homers, 15 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 61 games that final season. He then went to the University of Wisconsin for his final collegiate season before being taken by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Texas selected Wilson from the Rockies in the Triple-A portion of baseball’s draft at the winter meetings in December.

Washington said the Rangers believe Wilson can impact his American League West team.

“The guy’s a Super Bowl champ,” Washington said. “Our intentions are to bring him in and see if there’s anything he can say that may help anyone around here that has on a baseball uniform.

“This guy is a winner. He has tremendous character. He has attitude and undoubtedly has a lot of commitment to what he does.”

The Rangers are striving to return to the World Series with some new faces on the club after back-to-back trips in 2010-2011.

“The guy has had a lot of success and he has a championship attitude,” Washington said. “We’re going to give him a chance to talk to our young kids and see what happens.”

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