Lemon Invited, Poveda Sidelined
First, the good news. Marcus Lemon (’07) has been added to the list of non-roster invitees to Rangers camp. The 21-year-old Lemon (that’s right, he was 18 when he was here) hit .262 with 19 doubles, 5 triples and a home run for double-A Frisco last year, playing primarily at second base. Originally drafted as a shortstop, he went on to play center field in the Arizona Fall League, hitting an impressive .343 with 4 HR and 13 RBI with the Surprise Rafters. Lemon did spend four games with the Rangers during Spring Training last season.
Now, for the bad. Our friends over at the Newberg Report have announced that right-hander Omar Poveda (’06-’07) will undergo Tommy John surgery, effectively ending his 2010 campaign before it starts. The Turmero, Venezuela native enjoyed a great 2009 in Frisco’s rotation, going 11-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 22 starts. Poveda is on the 40-man roster and would have been competing for a 25-man roster spot this Spring. At the very least, the 22-year-old was expected to pitch with triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
Poveda is the second former LumberKing to undergo season-ending surgery prior to camp, joining Houston Astros’ infielder Jose Vallejo (’06-’07).
Texas’s first Cactus League game is on Thursday, March 4 against the Kansas City Royals in Surprise.