Texas Rangers: Pregame Notes

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jerome Williams pitched so well Friday night for the Texas Rangers that manager Ron Washington said the veteran right-hander deserves another start.

When that occurs is uncertain, but if anything else, Williams' performance gave the Rangers confidence they can use him again.

Friday night, Williams gave up just one run on five hits in six innings with four strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Williams threw 88 pitches, and Washington noted he challenged the A's hitters by throwing strikes.

"He's still here," Washington said of the 32-year-old. "We just have to wait and see. I see him throw against us and all he has to do is go out there and do it again against Oakland and he did it. He did it. He deserves another start, until that time comes, we'll have to wait and see, he's still here."

Feliz could pitch again: When Neftali Feliz took over the closer's role after Joakim Soria was traded to Detroit, it raised questions about how effective he would be. Feliz earned his first save since Game 5 of the 2011 World Series on Friday night. Washington said he wasn't sure if Feliz could pitch on consecutive days and, despite being healthy, it would depend on his workload.

Feliz said he's 100 percent healthy after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. Felix threw 26 pitches in his outing Friday which included working out of a ninth-inning jam.

"His competitive juices were flowing," Washington said. "I could see him out there wanting it bad and I could see him out there competing. There will be times when Neftali goes out there where he makes it easy because he executes pitches because that's what it's going to take."

Arencibia improving: Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia had a RBI in three of his previous four games and has hit the Rangers' past three home runs heading into Saturday night's game. In his return to the club from Triple-A Round Rock on July 17, he's hitting just .179, but of late he's maintaining his spot in the lineup with his play.

"Just playing with some confidence," he said. "Not worried about fielding and messing up. Just try to get good swings out there and let it fly."

"To me, he's a threat at the plate," Washington said.

Rangers start fresh at second base

May, 8, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Since the offseason trade of Ian Kinsler, second base has become a game of musical chairs for the Texas Rangers.

On Thursday, the Rangers dipped into the farm system and summoned promising prospect Rougned Odor. After a slow start at Double-A Frisco, Odor has been "the hottest thing in Double A," according to Rangers manager Ron Washington.

In 32 games, Odor has batted .279 with six home runs and 17 RBIs.

"I'm ready to play baseball," Odor said. "I had a slow start in Frisco, but now everything is going good. I want to see what I can do."

Until Jurickson Profar suffered a torn muscle in his right shoulder late in the spring, the Rangers' second-base job was his. General manager Jon Daniels said Profar, currently on the 60-day disabled list, is targeted to travel to Arizona next week and ease back into training.

The promotion of Odor signals an end to the Rangers early-season platoon plan at second base that saw 30-something veterans Donnie Murphy and Josh Wilson split time. Murphy went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a neck strain, and Wilson was designated for assignment.

Daniels said serious consideration was given to Odor making the club coming out of spring training. In the end, the Rangers chose to give the 20-year-old a little more minor league seasoning.

Washington said he expected to write Odor's name on the lineup card four or five times a week. Odor is in the lineup for Thursday's 7:05 p.m. CT start against the Colorado Rockies. He'll wear No. 73 and hit in the No. 8 spot.

"I'm expecting him to play baseball," Washington said. "As long as he's not scared, he'll get it done. I feel like he'll help us on the offensive side."

The Rangers also added infielder Luis Sardinas on Thursday.

"The two guys have ability," Daniels said. "They're young, coachable, smart and they play with energy."

Murphy has 18 starts at second base and is batting .211. Wilson drew 16 starts at second and batted .224.

Buzz: Experience invaluable for Profar

September, 27, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jurickson Profar has said many times during this season that it's been nothing but a positive experience being in the big leagues all season, as opposed to getting everyday at-bats in Triple-A.

His manager, Ron Washington, has seen the growth too, well before the 20-year-old infielder produced one of the biggest moments of the season, a walk-off home run to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Thursday night.

"It's been invaluable," Washington said of Profar's time with this year's club.

The numbers might not show it. Profar is batting .235 with six home runs and 26 RBIs. He has a .309 on-base percentage.

He's only played in two of the last 18 games and last started on Sept. 18 at Tampa Bay. But Profar showed Thursday night none of this seems to be fazing him.

"He's not afraid," Washington said. "Even to this point, if you look at the production and the struggles he's had, he's been a big part of us being able to play like we are right now with a chance to make it to the playoffs. And last night was just a little bit of icing on the cake that he was able to come through for us. He has to grow from it. He'll be a better player for it."

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Buzz: Cruz headed to the Dominican to train

August, 13, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz will spend the next 12 days in the Dominican Republic training at his home gym, the first step to possibly returning to the team when his 50-game Biogenesis suspension is completed.

That would coincide with the Rangers making the postseason. And as far as that goes, the Rangers haven't made a decision yet about whether he'd play. They have to get there first.

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"Our goal right now, as it always is, is to keep our options open," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We want to do what we can to keep him [in] as good as shape as possible, as good as baseball shape as possible.

"First of all, we have to get there. We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to get there first to have the conversation."

Daniels repeated what he said last week when Cruz was suspended for the rest of the regular season. The All-Star outfielder's conditioning, how the team is playing, how the club is jelling, all of that will factor into the Rangers' decision.

At that point, the Rangers would probably let Cruz play in games in the fall instruction league.

Daniels said Cruz will also work out a few times at the Rangers' complex in Boca Chica while he is home.

"He’s been in touch with our conditioning staff and has his program," Daniels said. "Once he gets back, we’ll have a next step at that point."

Washington on Harrison: The Rangers announced Tuesday that left-handed starter Matt Harrison will not pitch again this season because of issues with his surgically repaired back.

Harrison will rest and get ready for the offseason and spring training. There is no structural damage to his back, so Harrison should return ready to go in 2014.

"It's disappointing for Harrison's sake," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He worked so hard to get back. It just didn't work out. It's just another adverse happening in our 2013 year as the Texas Rangers. We'll figure out a way to move forward and wish Harrison good health."

Rosales hopes to settle in: Utility man Adam Rosales started his second stint with the Rangers on Tuesday after being reclaimed by Texas on Monday.

Since Aug. 2, he has been on the Oakland A's roster twice and now the Rangers twice as the teams have swapped claiming him off waivers. He made a smart move by leaving his car in Dallas. Rosales realizes that until Sept. 1, when rosters expand, he's on standby.

"I didn't have any options yet so teams have to designate me," Rosales said. "That's why we're playing pingpong."

The Rangers have a bigger need for Rosales this time around after Triple-A Round Rock infielder Leury Garcia went to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday to complete the Alex Rios trade.

"With us giving up Leury, we certainly didn't have anything to back up our infield," Washington said. "We wanted him when we claimed him the first time. We were just hoping no one would claim him when we put him back out there."

Berkman's running still issue: Designated hitter Lance Berkman was set to play Tuesday and Wednesday for Double-A Frisco, provided the weather cooperated.

He was 3-for-7 with a home run in two games with Triple-A Round Rock. But running on his ailing left hip and right knee has still been difficult.

"He swung the bat well," Washington said. "He's still having issues with the running. We'll see if it's getting better with two games in Frisco."

Short hops: Right-hander Neftali Feliz is still day-to-day with Triple-A Round Rock due to triceps tendinitis. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. ... Round Rock catcher Eli Whiteside, a possible call-up when rosters expand in September, was 3-for-4 with his fifth home run Monday. ... Joe Nathan earned his 35th save in Houston on Monday, giving him eight seasons with 35-plus saves. The only other two closers to do that in major league history are Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, who have each done it 12 times.

Buzz: Nelson Cruz in difficult situation

August, 1, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz again gave no indication Thursday of what his decision will be if Major League Baseball chooses to suspend him in the Biogenesis case.

It's a tough situation, Cruz said, especially with the Rangers starting August four games behind Oakland in the American League West and a half game out in the wild card race.

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"I mean we're in a good situation now," Cruz said. "We're close to first place and close to the wild card also. Hopefully everything plays well."

Cruz said he's following media reports like everyone else and speaks with his agent often. He said he can't comment on any of their discussions.

Suspension are expected to be announced in coming days for those with ties to Biogenesis of America, a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Cruz was asked before Thursday's game if the Rangers remaining in contention in the playoff race will impact his decision to appeal any suspension handed down by MLB.

"I haven't taken any decisions yet," Cruz said. "I will let you know when I take a decision."

Tigers went after Profar: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported Thursday that the Detroit Tigers repeatedly tried to engage the Rangers in attempt to trade for infielder Jurickson Profar. The Rangers declined interest.

Profar, who started Thursday for the first time since July 25, hasn't lost any trade value despite playing sporadically as the Rangers' utilityman. His name was one of the first one to come up in all trade talks involving the Rangers, sources said.

Martin still learning: New leadoff hitter Leonys Martin made a poor read on Elvis Andrus' bloop single in the first inning Wednesday, resulting in an out at third base (even though replays showed he was safe).

Washington said Martin should have made it to third standing up. It was another learning experience for the young outfielder.

"I want him to be aggressive going from first to third," Washington said. "But he would have made it easier if he had made the right move. That was an aggressive mistake right there."

Toaster on in Arlington: It was 100 degrees at first pitch Wednesday and it was even hotter and more humid Thursday as the Rangers went out for batting practice around 4 p.m.

Yes, the Texas heat may officially be here, which is OK with the Rangers leaving town for an 11-day, 10-game road trip to Oakland, Anaheim and Houston.

"The humidity is back," Washington said. "The other days it was hot by not humid. But you're right, we're getting out of here."

Wash on Oakland: Washington was asked about the importance of Friday-Sunday's three-game series at Oakland. The Rangers could go into the weekend 3 1/2 games behind the A's with a win Thursday night against Arizona.

"It's important because they're in first place," Washington said. "It's not do or die. If he go out there and play our game, we'll take care of business."

Buzz: Lewis optimistic about late July return

June, 28, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Colby Lewis threw another bullpen Friday afternoon as he targets an end of July return.

Lewis is in a much more optimistic frame of mind than he was after a rehab start for Double-A Frisco on May 20, which was followed by another one five days later when he experienced right elbow soreness.

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Lewis has been throwing "softly" in his bullpens, Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Washington added, "He has to start letting it go" before the team will have him start throwing against hitters in batting practice.

Lewis had a cortisone injection and since then he's been feeling much better than when he pitched in Frisco.

"I felt terrible that day," Lewis said. "I didn't think I was going to be able to get any big league hitter out. The time off and the injection has settled down the tendinitis. Now I'm getting more arm whip."

Berkman sits out: Designated hitter Lance Berkman was out of the Rangers' lineup for a second straight game Friday. Elvis Andrus was the designated hitter and Jurickson Profar was playing shortstop against the Reds.

"He's pretty sore," said Washington, who added that Berkman was available in a pinch hitting role Friday.

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Baker not ready: Jeff Baker was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, but manager Ron Washington said that the Rangers' utility man is "not there yet."

Wolf and rust: Long reliever Ross Wolf hasn't pitched since June 15 with the Rangers having played nine straight games decided by three runs or less. Washington said Wolf is doing as much as he can to replicate pitching in a game.

Ogando throws bullpen: Injured starter Alexi Ogando (right shoulder inflammation) threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Friday as he takes a slower than anticipated trek back the active roster. The next step for Ogando, who isn't expected back until after the All-Star break, is to be determined.

Harrison progressing: Left-hander Matt Harrison, recovering from two back surgeries, said Friday that he still has a few more weeks to go before he can throw off a mound. He's looking at mid-August at the earliest before he returns to the Rangers.

"It's been a normal last week and a half," Harrison said. "Each day it's getting a little better."

Feliz stays on schedule: Neftali Feliz will throw another bullpen Saturday as he continues to threw three 25-30 pitch sessions per week. Feliz has at least two more weeks of bullpens before he may pitch in a more competitive setting such as live batting practice, assistant general manager Thad Levine said.

With Gentry to DL, Martin will start in CF

June, 23, 2013
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ST. LOUIS -- Engel Beltre got the news late Saturday night that he was headed to the major leagues.

“It was the biggest surprise in my life,” he said Sunday after joining the Texas Rangers before their Sunday night game against the St. Louis Cardinals. “I just said, ‘wow’ and started crying.”

Even though he is only 23 years old, Beltre’s road to the majors has not been short. He was signed when he was 16 by the Boston Red Sox and has been playing in the minors since 2007, when he was 17. He played only 34 games with the Red Sox’s team in the Gulf Coast League before he was traded to the Texas organization six years ago.

“It was time for me to get the chance and the opportunity,” Beltre said.

The Rangers called up Beltre from Triple A Round Rock after placing outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list. An MRI Saturday found that Gentry was suffering from a non-displaced fracture of his left hand.

Gentry was hurt when he was hit by a pitch on June 18. The DL move is retroactive to June 21.

Gentry said he had a similar injury once before, in college, and that it took two to three weeks to heal. Initial X-rays after he was injured did not reveal the break.

“It’s definitely going to need some rest,” he said. “I’ve been trying to take some swings every day to see how it feels. Obviously it wasn’t going good so they decided to get the MRI.

“They just felt it was a bone bruise. They said they could have done a hundred X-rays and it would never have shown up. It took the MRI to discover it.”

The injury means that Leonys Martin, who has started the past 12 games for Texas, including Sunday night, will continue to get the bulk of the work while Gentry is out. Ten of Martin’s 12 consecutive starts have been in center.

Manager Ron Washington said, however, he will find time to play Beltre, who is considered an above-average defensive outfielder. He had been playing center in Round Rock.

“He plays hard,” said Washington, who saw Beltre in spring training. “He’s got a good bat, he can run, play defense. I will find some playing time for him, but he is not here to unseat Leonys. We needed a center fielder and he was the center fielder we had down there.”

At Round Rock, the left-handed hitting Beltre was hitting .300 with four homers and 21 RBI in 72 games.

Off day looming: The Rangers will enjoy their first day off since June 3 on Monday in New York, completing a stretch of 20 games in 20 days on Sunday night. They have only one more scheduled day off before the All-Star break, on Monday, July 1.

Washington is pleased with how his team has come through this stretch. They were 8-11 in the stretch before Sunday night’s game, including a stretch in which they lost nine of 11.

“I think we handled ourselves well,” Washington said. “We had a bad spell, but we handled it well.”

The Rangers came out of a six-game losing streak with wins in five of their past six games going into Sunday night, including beating Oakland three times in a four-game series.

“It came at the right time,” Washington said. “When we first lost (Ian) Kinsler it really wasn’t that big a deal because we still had the majority of our lineup. Then we lost Mitch Moreland and it really changed everything. Getting those two guys back put a little stability to the lineup. With Kinsler coming back you see Elvis (Andrus) bouncing around again.”

No All-Star starters? The latest voting update for the All-Star Game was released over the weekend, and the Rangers appear to be in danger of not having a player in the starting lineup. For the past five years Texas has had two players start the game.

Adrian Beltre, who has started at third base the past two years, is more than 3 million votes behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Lance Berkman is second in the voting for the DH spot, but he is more than 1.2 million votes behind Boston’s David Ortiz.

No other Ranger is higher than third in the voting at their positions. Voting will go on until July 4.

Ogando to start Friday for Frisco, nears Rangers' return

May, 29, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-handed starter Alexi Ogando, eligible to come off the Rangers' disabled list in two days, is scheduled to make a rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Friday night.

General manager Jon Daniels says the hope is to get five innings or 75 pitches from Ogando before his rotation return for the big club.

Manager Ron Washington said if all goes well, Ogando could make his Rangers return on June 7 with a start at Toronto.

The immediate rotation plan is Derek Holland in the 1:05 p.m. CT start against Arizona on Thursday, Nick Tepesch in Friday's opener of a three-game series against Kansas City, Martin Perez on Saturday and Yu Darvish, with an extra day of rest, on Sunday.

"We want to give Darvish an extra day as often as we can," Washington said.

After Tuesday's off day, the manager said the entire bullpen is available tonight.

The scheduled 7:05 p.m. start time for Rangers-Diamondbacks is delayed by rain. The tarp was removed at 6:45 p.m. and the estimate is the ground crew will need an hour to get the field ready. The bad news, another line of storms is expected later this evening.

Tonight's lineup:

RANGERS (32-20)
SS Elvis Andrus
LF David Murphy
DH Lance Berkman
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Mitch Moreland
C A.J. Pierzynski
2B Jurickson Profar
CF Leonys Martin
P Justin Grimm

Buzz: Nelson Cruz's fever gone, feels better

June, 13, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz returned to the clubhouse Wednesday and felt much better. He said he could play if needed, but manager Ron Washington wanted to give Cruz another day off from starting just to be sure he's completely healthy. That's something Washington normally does to help guard against a player pushing too hard too soon.

Cruz said he woke up with a fever at 2 a.m. Tuesday and had trouble sleeping. He arrived early to the park and Washington and the staff knew right away he wasn't feeling well. Cruz didn't start Sunday in San Francisco (but did pinch hit) because of a sore Achilles. He said that is fine now.

"I feel normal right now," Cruz said. "I went to the cages and felt a little sore, but I feel like I could play. I had a fever all morning until I went to the doctor."

Washington decided to go with Brandon Snyder in right field for the first time this season. The manager said Snyder and outfield coach Gary Pettis have put in a lot of work and Snyder is ready to go.

"I've been throwing from the outfield every day and working on tracking balls and my routes," Snyder said. "It's something we're always working on."

Other notes:

* Washington said the club still has not decided on a starter for Saturday's game. With Alexi Ogando on the disabled list, the club needs a starter for that game. The Rangers may want to wait to see how things go in the bullpen this week before making a decision. Michael Kirkman is on the club and has made five starts in Triple-A Round Rock since May 6. Washington has said he doesn't want to move Robbie Ross from the bullpen and has also added that Kirkman is here as a reliever. That could indicate the club may dip into the minors. Barret Loux and Justin Grimm have pitched well in Double-A and could be candidates. Martin Perez and Neil Ramirez are both in Triple-A, but neither has pitched well.

Quick aside: I'd like to see Grimm get the chance. Read more about that here.

* Josh Hamilton said he was fine after slipping on the outfield grass late in Tuesday's game. Hamilton tried to plant his left foot, turn and throw toward the infield, but he slipped and ended up on the ground.

"I couldn't get my footing and sometimes that happens," Hamilton said. "I'm fine. I just wanted to try to throw him out."

Washington didn't blame the turf, saying that could have happened anywhere.

* Michael Young was voted the most underrated player in the big leagues by 100 players in a Men's Health poll and catcher Mike Napoli was asked about it.

"He's just a true professional and a great teammate," Napoli said. "Everything he does in the game of baseball is pretty awesome. I really do think he is the most underrated player in baseball.

"He's the Ranger Man. He's just a great baseball player. I don't think he gets enough credit."

Buzz: Questions about two pitching spots

June, 6, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington suddenly has two spots in his starting rotation that are up in the air.

Scott Feldman, who is scheduled to start Saturday in San Francisco, may not start because he has performed poorly of late, including a disastrous 1 2/3-inning, eight-run outing Monday.

Derek Holland, who is scheduled for Sunday, may not start if the Rangers determine that he still hasn’t regained enough strength from a stomach ailment that has caused him to lose 15 pounds in 2 1/2 weeks. Washington said Holland looked like “a ghost” after Tuesday’s outing.

Washington clearly said that neither Feldman nor Holland have been “ruled out” for those starts, but he conceded that both spots are “questionable.” At the moment, though, both pitchers are listed as starting, and both went about their business Wednesday as if they would take their turns.

Feldman threw his normal bullpen session. Holland went through his normal workout routine for the day after a start.

Both Holland and Washington agreed there was “concern” over the pitcher’s weight loss. Although Holland got the victory Tuesday, he lost velocity as he got deeper into the game and the A’s hit him hard in his final innings.

“I lost a good bit of weight,” Holland said. “Of course I am concerned.”

For now, Holland is not scheduled for any further tests. He’s been on an antibiotic, and he said he’s been feeling better.

“I just want to be able to get rid of it so I can be myself,” Holland said. “I want to be out there and have my team not be worried about how I feel.”

In the meantime, Washington said no fewer than a half-dozen pitchers have been “mentioned” as potential starters: reliever Robbie Ross, Triple-A pitchers Zach Jackson, Michael Kirkman and Neil Ramirez, and Double-A pitchers Barret Loux and Justin Grimm.

“We’re just trying to search and make sure we find the right pieces for whatever need we might have,” Washington said. “That’s all.”

Notes:

* Washington said he did not ask Josh Hamilton to skip the home run derby at the All-Star Game, but he was nonetheless relieved that his superstar made that decision.

“That’s his decision on that, not up to me,” Washington said. “It’s not up to me, but I’m happy he’s not doing it. If he takes a swing and miss and hurts something I don’t think any other team in baseball would care.”

Washington added that he “gave him a hug” after learning of his decision.

* Rangers outfielder David Murphy was thrilled to see Brandon Moss playing first for the A’s on Wednesday. Murphy and Moss came through the Red Sox system together, and Murphy said Moss is one of his closest friends in baseball.

“I’m glad he’s getting a shot,” Murphy said. “I just hope he doesn’t go off until we leave.”

* Roy Oswalt will make his second appearance for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday at Omaha. Oswalt is scheduled for three or four innings, around 50 pitches. The Rangers have him on a schedule that would have him in the majors in about two weeks.

* Every Rangers starter had a hit and a strikeout Tuesday night, the first such game for the Rangers since July 10, 2008. According to baseball-reference.com, there have been only 10 such games in the majors since 1918, and the Rangers have been responsible for three of them.

Adrian Beltre has friendly rivalry with King Felix

May, 22, 2012
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SEATTLE -- Adrian Beltre received a text message Tuesday morning from Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. And yes, you guessed it, they were still talking trash to each other the day after Hernandez pitched a one-run gem against the Rangers on Monday.

Beltre and Hernandez practically have their own language when it comes to trash talking. While Beltre was at third base in the bottom of the eighth, he was exchanging signals with Hernandez in the Mariners dugout. It lasted nearly the entire half inning.

"We both started," Beltre said. "It’s on and it’s been on. It’s on weeks before, a month before, before and right after the game. It’s always on."

Beltre pretended to spit on the ground, which he said meant the two were discussing Hernandez's changeup.

"I always tell him he’s going to try and strike me out with his changeup and I’m going to spit on that thing," Beltre said. "It’s not that good."

The two were teammates in Seattle from 2005-09 and are now in their second season as division rivals. Beltre said he yelled during his entire trot around the bases after he took King Felix deep last season. Hernandez took it like a man, as Beltre described. Hernandez said he was going to dance on the mound if he struck out Beltre, but he didn't get the opportunity Monday.

"Hopefully it won't happen," Beltre laughed.

Beltre said he doesn't have quite the relationship, or friendly rivalry, with anyone in the league like he has with Hernandez. He watched Hernandez develop as a 19-year-old pitcher and helped show him the ropes in the majors.

"I saw a lot of myself in him when he came up and I did everything I could to make sure he stands out," Beltre said. "He's one of those guys that's a hard worker, too, and you can tell where he's at now. He's a guy that understands and wants to be one of the best and feels he's one of the best."

Beltre said Hernandez has shown in the last five years that he's at least a top-5, maybe even top-3, pitcher in baseball despite the lack of run support he receives.

"From the outside looking in, it looks like a waste that a player of his caliber on a team that's not really helping him but he grew up here and likes it here," Beltre said. "Personally, I would like to see that team get better and get the opportunity to win something. Or for him to go somewhere else where he's going to see everything that he put into the game and accomplish something like get in the playoffs or go to the World Series or win a World Series. That's for me personally because I'm a good friend and I really love him, I would like to see that."

Neftali Feliz will not throw for 4-6 weeks

May, 21, 2012
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SEATTLE -- Pitcher Neftali Feliz has a right elbow sprain and will not throw for four to six weeks.

He was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Rangers on Monday and will be re-evaluated in four weeks by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. GM Jon Daniels said it could be an additional two weeks from there before Feliz throws, depending on the severity of the injury.

Daniels said Feliz felt soreness in his start against the Los Angeles Angels on May 13. Feliz thought it was normal, but it didn't go away as he expected. The right-hander didn't report it until after Friday's start at Houston. Feliz threw 101 pitches in 4 2/3 innings against the Astros, allowing a run on three hits. He also walked five batters and struck out six in the 4-1 victory.

"We just got to get him well," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We certainly were looking forward to him taking the ball through the whole year, but I think what happened we can't do nothing about it. Now the key is to get healthy."

You read more on Feliz here.

Roy Oswalt, Alexi Ogando not immediate options

May, 21, 2012
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SEATTLE -- With pitcher Neftali Feliz not throwing for at least four weeks, Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington are keeping their options open for possible moves. They haven't met to discuss the situation, but Daniels said nothing is out of the question.

Daniels acknowledged that free agent Roy Oswalt is a possibility but that he's not an immediate option.

"He's not ready to go," Daniels said. "He hasn't thrown to hitters yet. It'll definitely take him some time. I don't know how much time, but he's not an immediate option."

Oswalt, 34, hasn't pitched in a major league game since Game 4 of last season's NLDS for the Philadelphia Phillies. He had a 3.69 ERA in 23 regular-season starts last year.

Alexi Ogando is also a possibility, but Daniels said he's not an option to jump into the rotation immediately. Ogando is not stretched out to be a starter, though Daniels said that wouldn't take long. The Rangers also want to look at his role in the bullpen and how it would affect its makeup.

"He's shown that he can perform at a very high level," Daniels said. "He was an All-Star starting pitcher last year. There's definitely an attractive side of putting him in the rotation, but we've got to be realistic. He's not ready to do it, sitting here today."

Derek Holland gets break, will pitch Saturday

May, 12, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have altered the starting rotation slightly this week, pushing Derek Holland's next start to Saturday. The doubleheader in Baltimore forced the club to change things around anyway, but they decided to allow Holland some extra rest while they have the chance.

Holland is physically fine. The team just wants to be proactive about giving pitchers some additional downtime when possible. They also wanted to keep Yu Darvish on his schedule, which means he'll start Wednesday against Oakland at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Because of the rainout on Wednesday night, it's likely that Scott Feldman will get a spot start on Monday, as long as he isn't needed out of the bullpen as a long reliever during the rest of the Angels series.

"Each year you live and you learn," manager Ron Washington said. "These guys are eating up a lot of innings in a lot of stressful games and we've got to try to take care of them somehow."

Texas did the same thing earlier in the season with Neftali Feliz when they had a rainout and a subsequent doubleheader in Detroit.

"It's an opportunity to really do some one-on-one work, have some mental talks," Washington said. "I want him to continue to command his fastball."

Holland has two straight quality starts after a two-start struggle at the end of April. Holland said he'll probably throw an additional bullpen session and could pitch an inning or two in relief to keep him sharp for Saturday's start.

Darvish, who got the win Friday and pitched 5 1/3 innings despite a one-hour, 56-minute rain delay after he pitched a scoreless first inning, will stay on his regular schedule for the time being. Washington said that doesn't mean Darvish won't eventually get some extra days like Feliz and Holland.

"He's always been a pitcher that has a routine and as often as we can keep him in his routine, we want to keep him in his routine," Washington said. "For now, he hasn't shown any weariness."

Buzz: Adrian Beltre gets start at third base

May, 10, 2012
5/10/12
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BALTIMORE -- For the first time since April 29, Adrian Beltre will start at third base for the Texas Rangers in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Beltre, who has been bothered by a strained left hamstring, was at third base for the series finale with the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington late last month. He was the DH on the turf in Toronto for the first game on April 30 and then didn't start again until Monday in Baltimore. But he's been the DH for the first two games of this series because the club didn't want to take any chances with his hamstring on the wet field.

"I'm excited to be back in there," Beltre said.

Beltre said to continue to expect him to limp around the bases as he protects himself against pushing it too hard with his sore hamstrings. But he isn't feeling pain and his lateral movement is fine. He took ground balls on Monday and manager Ron Washington felt like he saw enough to convince him that Beltre was ready for the field.

"I like to look ugly," Beltre said about how he looks running the bases. "I think I'll keep doing that for a while. I want to be smart and not do something stupid."

Beltre said he'll push it when he feels his hamstring is ready.

Washington said Beltre will be the designated hitter in the second game, but will be at third base when the Rangers and Angels square off starting Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Other notes:

* Catcher Mike Napoli is not in the lineup for the first game, but is expected to play in the second game. Washington said Napoli will likely catch Yu Darvish in Friday's game.

* Darvish worked out a bit before the doubleheader and has a 4 p.m. flight back to Texas so that he can get a full night of rest before his Friday start.

* The Rangers kept the order of the lineup the same as they planned on Wednesday, meaning Brandon Snyder gets the start at first base.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.320 17 64 63
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 64
RA. Beltre 63
OPSA. Beltre .875
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182