Neftali Feliz focused on getting healthy
Feliz's sprained elbow ligament opened up a need in the Rangers rotation and they are paying Oswalt to fill it. That means if the rest of the rotation is healthy when Feliz returns, he could end up back in the bullpen.
Rangers manager Ron Washington and assistant general manager Thad Levine met with Feliz on Wednesday afternoon and stressed that he worry just about getting healthy and not any speculation on what might happen down the road.
"I know that every player that comes to the team is coming to help," said Feliz through an interpretor. "That's what it is. My mentality right now is to get healthy, get ready and try to help the team. I can't think about that (what may happen to his job when he returns)."
Feliz can't pick up a ball for at least a few more weeks and only if he's cleared by doctors to begin a throwing program. It's likely he's out until the All-Star break. Oswalt expects to make around four starts in the minors before joining the rotation, which would put him on a late June timetable.
In the meantime, Feliz continues to run and get treatment on the elbow and do what he can to stay in shape without throwing a ball. Feliz says he still sees himself as a starter in the future.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.