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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels joined the Ben and Skin show on 1053 The Fan [KRLD-FM] for his weekly visit to talk about Willie Calhoun’s success thus far, how the Rangers plan on bringing Jose Leclerc back into the closer’s role, and more. Here are some highlights.

On Willie Calhoun being out of the lineup two days straight…

Daniels: “Woody’s [Chris Woodward] got a little bit of a rotation going with five guys for those four spots. In some ways kind of six, if you look at [Danny] Santana on the days where he’ll spell Joey [Gallo] and Danny will play center. He’s just trying to move it around a little bit, kind of day-to-day, where some of the same guys who started yesterday had some success against Leake, and more importantly we kind of like the matchup overall. As you saw yesterday [Sunday], just because you don’t start, doesn’t mean you don’t get in the game.”

On what he has seen from Calhoun this season…

Daniels: “A couple things. one, despite being disappointed, he went down there and continued to work hard. Didn’t pout, it wasn’t like he let his body go and put on a bunch of weight. If anything, he worked harder. I think it shows up. You see it defensively, the way he’s moving around, the attitude he’s got.

“At the plate, he’s shot a few balls to the left side, hit ’em hard. A couple balls when they shifted him, he just chopped down on top of it, and shot it through. … Hit a home run to dead-center. Obviously he’s got pull-power, but him using the whole field, that’s the kind of hitter we thought we were getting. And the last one for me is the quality-of-at-bats. The at-bat he put on Hicks yesterday, this guy’s throwing 100, 103, with an 88-90 mile-per-hour slider. and he’s spit on some tough pitches to get back in the count after fouling a few balls off, and ultimately Hicks left a slider up, hit it to right field to tie the game up.”

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On how Jose Leclerc’s new contract takes some pressure off him…

Daniels: “In some ways the contract helps there a little bit, because relievers through arbitration, the system pays guys that get saves. It’s not right, it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s more valuable, but yesterday you saw how valuable that was. He got the heart of the order in the biggest spot, we’re down 2-1 allowed us to get back in the game. I think him signing that deal takes some of that element out of it. Jose’s told us “use me anywhere you want,” he doesn’t care. He’s really selfless like that, he wants to win.

“I do think for the most part, the higher-leverage spots will be late in the game and I do think we’ll work him back there. But what he’s shown, is that he has the ability to pitch for more than three outs at times, and I think we’ll probably look to get him back toward the eighth, ninth inning, but maybe use him a little bit unconventionally, where if the better part of the order is coming up, or it’s a close game runners on, maybe we consider using him in the eighth from time to time.”

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