The most interesting newcomer for the Rangers will never appear in a game.

Kenji Nimura is fluent in three languages: English, Japanese and Spanish. He joined the club this season with the primary duty of assisting Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish and will also help with Hispanic players.

Nimura grew up in Nagoya, Japan, and moved to the Los Angeles area with his family at age 11. Nimura picked up Spanish in the diverse neighborhood and had a double-major in the language and cultural anthropology at San Jose State. He went to Madrid as part of his education and ended up staying five years in Spain.

Nimura got into baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008. He heard the club was looking for a translator to assist newly signed right-hander Hiroki Kuroda and sent in a résumé. Within a week, Nimura had the job.