Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Neftali Feliz focused on getting healthy
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- If the signing of Roy Oswalt has Neftali Feliz unsettled, he isn't showing it.
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.