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Rogers native heads to spring training

Hunter Wood looking to make Texas Rangers

ROGERS, Ark. — Rogers native Hunter Wood is headed to Texas Rangers spring training on Friday, looking to earn a spot on the team. Wood signed a minor league deal with Texas with an invitation to big league camp.

The Rogers Heritage alum hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2019. Wood has played for the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians in his career.

With the minor league season canceled in 2020, Wood spent the season at the Indians neutral site. He told 5NEWS he is "itching" at the chance to play games again.

"I didn't realize for the longest time that I actually have fans at home," said Wood. I have had people reaching out to me and it's really nice to have that. I am ready to go. I worked my butt off this offseason. It's the most I've ever worked to get ready for this year. I am ready to make that name for myself again."

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