Notes: Skipper focused on pitching options

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will wait and see (like everyone else) what the MRI shows on Matt Harrison's back. But the skipper is focused on the options he has in camp and getting them ready for the season, no matter what the verdict is on one of his rotation stalwarts.

"We'll leave out of here with five and feel pretty good about it," Washington said. "We have depth. If for some reason the worst happens, we'll move on. We will get out of here with five starters that we believe in."

Washington prefers to look at the injury situation, which already includes Derek Holland, as a chance for others to step up.

"That's how you look at adversity. You look at it as a moment to find out what someone else can do," Washington said. "They're not going to stop the Texas Rangers season because somebody goes down. That's why you bring in numbers. If we could put our season on hold before we get 100 percent healthy, that would be awesome. But that's not going to happen. Baseball continues."

Washington said the main thing on Harrison is getting him healthy, no matter how long that takes. But even if the MRI shows nothing and Harrison starts throwing again next week, he's going to be at least a week behind the other pitchers.

"We're not going to panic," Washington said.

Washington listed a bunch of pitchers who have impressed him early in spring, including rotation candidates Colby Lewis, Robbie Ross and Nick Tepesch. He singled out Tepesch's changeup, saying he believes it can be a good pitch for Tepesch. That's something he must have if he wants to win a rotation job.

Other notes:

* Washington spoke to the club Thursday, the first day of full squad workouts, and said he talked about what Texas Rangers baseball is like since there were so many "new faces." So what is Ranger baseball about?

"Execution, situational hitting and doing what the game asks you to do," Washington said. "And being a family."

* The Rangers will play intrasquad games on Feb. 24 and 25.

* RHP Neftali Feliz was working on mechanics on the side and was a little tight, so he didn't throw on Wednesday. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.