Fifth starter candidate: Randy Wells

Editor's note: This is an occasional series of blogs looking at some of the candidates for the fifth starter spot on for the Texas Rangers in 2013.

Today's candidate: Randy Wells

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Veteran Randy Wells just wanted to start over after going through a season of arm issues and surgery.

Wells, from Illinois, has played all but one game with the Chicago Cubs in his career. He was 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA in 12 games (four starts) last season. He had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow in July and missed the rest of the season.

“It was hindering my range of motion and nagging me as I tried to throw,” Wells said. “But I feel good and I want to show I’m healthy. I think mentally being 100 percent is the biggest thing for me. I rehabbed at home. I missed the game and wanted to get back strong and pitch well. Getting the head right was huge for me.”

Wells said he has told friends that this is the most excited he’s been about his career now that he feels healthy.

“I’ve always wanted to play in Texas,” Wells said. “I’m looking forward to a good opportunity. I’ve always had a love affair with Texas. I’ve always been a National League guy growing up in St. Louis, but this is my American League team. I’ve got a lot of friends that live in Dallas and other parts of Texas. They’re excited. It’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to play here.”

Wells said he doesn’t try to overpower anybody, instead mixing things up with a sinker, slider and changeup.

“The changeup is my out pitch,” Wells said. “If I am changing speeds and have movement going, I’m pretty confident I can hang. I’m not going to pay attention to what other guys are doing. You can’t do that. I want to focus on what I need to do and hopefully things come out on top.”