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Roster moves impact bench, lefty relief

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers made five roster moves on Monday and they impact some of the final spots on the club's 25-man roster. Here's a look at the moves and what they mean:

* Outfielder Conor Jackson was given his release. The 29-year-old from Austin, Texas, just didn't show enough with the bat this spring. He was 3-for-33 (.091) this spring and knew when he arrived that he had to perform at a high level to make the team. By releasing him now, the Rangers are giving Jackson a chance to see if he can hook on with a major league team. That's unlikely and the club would be willing to sign him to a minor league deal if they can.

The Rangers had hoped Jackson's bat would give them a right-handed option in the outfield. Brad Hawpe remains in camp, but he's a left-handed bat and his arm isn't fully healed from Tommy John where he can play the outfield. So that hurts his chances of making the club. His release date is Friday morning by 11 a.m. central time.

* Left-handed pitchers Mitch Stetter and Joe Beimel were relased as well. Neither was able to push toward that situational lefty job in the bullpen. Stetter had a 5.40 ERA in 3 1/3 innings and Beimel sported a 4.50 ERA in six innings. The bottom line: The club had some other candidates it liked better.

The move leaves Neal Cotts, Michael Kirkman and Robbie Ross as the candidates for the bullpen. Of that group, Ross is the leader. The next test: throwing back-to-back days. There are no plans for Ross to do that before camp breaks. But some of the others could.

* The team also released Sean Green, who was a nonroster pitcher, and optioned right-hander Mark Hamburger to Triple-A Round Rock.