This says a lot: Over the last two days, the Rangers have moved to look at young players en masse and Nomar Mazara stands to lose playing time because of it.
Nomar Mazara is younger than all of them.
Here is the roll call: Willie Calhoun, three months shy of his 25th birthday, has earned the role of everyday outfielder. Friday callup Scott Heineman, approaching his 27th birthday, is going to get a real audition in the outfield and at first base. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, a month older than Mazara, is the regular third baseman. Jose Trevino, at 26, is now firmly in the catching mix.
"Everybody is going to be affected," manager Chris Woodward said. "I've asked everybody to put ego aside. The hardest thing to do is make everybody happy. And I don't want everybody to be super comfortable. I want everybody to earn playing time."
There is a message in there: Mazara, who began Friday at 24 years and 98 days, is no longer guaranteed to be a pillar of the Rangers' future.