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    TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 10: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.

    Come to think of it, Yu Darvish may not be having the worst Spring Training by a Rangers’ starting pitcher.

    Even though the ace is out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery last week, the staff he left behind is in shambles. Yovani Gallardo, counted on to be one of the Rangers’ workhorses, gave up two three-run homers in Sunday’s loss to the Mariners. He allowed eight runs in 4.2 innings, the second time he’s surrendered 4+ runs in a start.

    His ERA this spring? 11.32. And he’s not alone among those in – or hoping to be – in the rotation. Joining him with ERA’s that sound more like outer-city highway loops: Jame Wright (11.57), Nick Tepesch (10.38), Colby Lewis (9.00), Anthony Ranaudo (6.48).

    Derek Holland had a scoreless, perfect outing last week. Otherwise, it’s been shaky at best. And it’s not surprising that the Rangers are apparently calling Major League teams in search of starting pitchers.

    I know it’s early. And I know this Darvish-less staff isn’t going to be among the best in the AL. But the Rangers have played 20 games this spring and seven times already they’ve allowed 7+ runs.

    It’s premature to panic. But not to be concerned.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.