One of the most important Rangers is recovering from elbow surgery.
That is, if you consider Jeff Banister a key piece to the team’s puzzle.
Banister on Monday underwent surgery on his right elbow after a career of throwing baseballs had resulted in painful bone chips and a spur that limited his ability to throw batting practice. He’ll begin rehab immediately in hopes of being able to throw BP early in the season, if not during spring training in Surprise, Arizona.
Granted the Rangers are more concerned with the healing arms of Yu Darvish and Derek Holland. But having a happy, healthy skipper can’t hurt the team’s chemistry as it begins a quest to repeat as AL West champs in 2016.
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.