Jamey Wright was brought in to Rangers camp to be a veteran presence in the bullpen and not as a low-risk flier at age 40 to make the club. It was expected he'd do just that.
And if the season began tomorrow, it's very likely Wright would be in the Rangers bullpen after pitching more than 70 innings in the Dodgers' bullpen a year ago and compiling a 4.35 ERA. But the 40-year-old isn't making much of a case for himself this spring.
Wright has thrown 5 2/3 innings this spring, and has given up 11 hits and 10 runs with nine of those being earned. In case you're wondering, that's good for a 14.29 ERA this spring.
On Wednesday night, Wright is slated to throw two innings against the Reds, which will simulate the reason the Rangers are giving him a shot — a guy who can give you multiple innings of relief. If things go horribly again Wednesday against the Reds, it could bring about an end to Wright's brief return to the Rangers after he was a key figure in their bullpen in 2007 and 2008.