Russell Wilson joins Rangers spring training but he won’t take an at bat

Mar 3, 2014, 5:55 AM | Updated: 4:22 pm
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre, left, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, second from left, Rangers' Prince Fielder, center rear, Elvis Andrus, right front and Alex Rios, right rear, stretch before a morning work out during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) A fan holds a sign encouraging the Texas Rangers to keep Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson who dressed out and sat in the dugout during a spring training exhibition baseball game between the Rangers and the Cleveland Indians, Monday. Seattle Seahawks fans hold up signs cheering on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson who worked out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, talks with Jurickson Profar, right, as the Texas Rangers takes batting practice during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, runs through warm up drills with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) A Seattle Seahawks fan sticks his camera through a fence looking for a photo of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as he worked out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson walks on to the practice field after signing autographs during spring training baseball practice with the Texas Rangers, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Fans hoping for a Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson autograph line the entrance of a practice field during spring training baseball practice where Wilson worked out with the Texas Rangers, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson signs autographs for a large crowd in attendance to watch him work out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, talks with Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington on a practice field as the team takes batting practice during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson fields a ground ball at second while working out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson walks the lineup back to Texas Rangers coaches after taking it out to the umpires during a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise , Ariz. Texas Rangers' Ron Washington and bench coach Tim Bogar, center, talk with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, before the start of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson watches Texas Rangers players take batting practice during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, stands by Texas Rangers' Brent Lillibridge in the dugout during a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, center, talks with Texas Rangers' Adam Rosales, left, as he stands in the dugout during a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday.

Russell Wilson is the Seahawks’ franchise quarterback, but Monday he had a different uniform and a mitt on his hand as he took part in spring training with the Texas Rangers.

But don’t worry: He didn’t face fastballs or put his real job in jeopardy.

Texas manager Ron Washington was pretty clear.

Russell Wilson will not be playing as the Rangers take on the Cleveland Indians. There is zero chance that he would be given a bat to face off against major-league pitching.

“That wouldn’t even work,” Washington told reporters late last week. “The guy ain’t seen a pitch. He ain’t see nothing. I’m not running him up there.”

So what is Russell up to?

ESPN Dallas reporter Richard Durrett said Washington has offered to give Russell some infield work and instruction.

Washington is considered one of the best teachers in the game. “Maybe he’ll take some ground balls and do some various drills with the club,” he said.

Just what drills and how much work will be up to Wilson. So far, it appears he spoke with teammates and Washington, ran a few drills, and signed some autographs.

Washington said he brought Wilson to his facility for one reason, to have some of his work ethic, motivation and winning attitude wear off on some of his younger players.

“To try to see if there’s anything he can say that may help anyone around here that has on a baseball uniform,” Washington said. “The guy’s a winner. He has tremendous character. He has attitude and undoubtedly has a lot of commitment to what he does.”

Wilson was picked up by the Rangers in the Rule-5 draft in December. The Rule-5 draft is where MLB teams can acquire the rights to other teams’ minor-league players. Wilson’s rights were held by Colorado, where he last played Single-A ball in 2011, before heading to Wisconsin to play football.

Wilson told the Dan Patrick Show last week that he plans to soak up the experience and gain as much knowledge as he can about running a major-league team.

“I want to be the owner of a team one day,” he said. “Just to be around those type of people and get to know players and really get to know different teams and see what they do really well. Hopefully, I can transfer it over to our football team and use as much as I can.”

Washington hopes Wilson will help motivate his players. Wilson hopes the experience will help motivate him and make him a better leader for the Seahawks.

Washington has offered to give Wilson a one-on-one infield tutorial. It will certainly make him a better infielder, but it might help his footwork on the football field, too.

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