Texas Rangers: Ryan Feierabend

Rangers call up reliever Phil Klein

August, 1, 2014
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CLEVELAND --- Phil Klein was called into Steve Buechele's office and was delivered the news: He would have to find his way into two tickets for his parents. The 25-year-old Klein paused out of confusion, wondering if his parents would be surprising him for the Round Rock Express’ game against Oklahoma City, only to find out that they would only be driving a few miles up Interstate-71 to potentially watch their son debut against the Cleveland Indians at the major league level.

“It was pretty surreal,” said Klein. “I let it sink in from there. Being close to home, we’ll have a lot of family and friends come out, which is pretty nice.”

Klein, who grew up just outside of Columbus, Ohio and attended Youngstown State just east of Cleveland, was called up Friday afternoon in what is the first of likely several promotions over the final two months of the 2014 season for the Texas Rangers. Drafted in the 30th round in 2011, the 6-foot-7 towering right-hander is presently in the midst of a dominant stretch where he has thrown 18 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out 28 batters, allowing just seven hits while walking six.

“I try not to pay attention to that, honestly,” Klein said of his current scoreless streak. “I just try to go out there and throw consistently good pitches outing after outing. That stuff adds up in the end, but that’s not the goal. I’m not trying to go out there and have a streak of scoreless innings and whatnot. Consistency over time has just been the product of that.”

On the season, Klein has allowed just three runs in 51 2/3 innings across Double-A and Triple-A. He attributes much of his recent success to some self-diagnosed changes in mechanics. He now toes the middle of the rubber, shunning the allure of visual leverage provided by the third-base side. He has lowered his set out of the stretch in addition to changing the grip on a few pitches, one of which is a cutter that has the look of a slider without the loss in velocity.

“He’s very impressive,” said Rangers reliever Nick Martinez, Klein’s roommate in Class A ball who praised the reliever's athleticism and flexibility despite his size. “He’s always had the talent but just flew under a lot of radars.”

In order to make room for Klein, the Rangers designated LHP Ryan Feierabend for assignment. They have 10 days to trade, release or assign Feierabend to the minor leagues. Klein will work primarily in the middle innings out of Ron Washington’s bullpen, potentially for multiple innings per outing, and could very well make his debut Friday night in the very stadium he traveled to as a child. The goal will be to get Klein, along with other younger players, experience so that the team can gauge what they have in the way of talent, maturity and the ability to adjust at the major league level as they prepare for 2015.

“He hasn’t given up anything in Triple-A and did a good job in Double-A,” said Washington of his newest addition. “He’s moving fast. We’ll see what he has to offer.”

Rangers honor radio voice Eric Nadel

July, 12, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are honoring their radio voice, Eric Nadel, in a pregame ceremony Saturday. Nadel is this year’s recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence.

The presentation features video tributes and remarks from Brad Sham, a former partner and longtime Dallas Cowboys broadcaster. John Rhadigan of Fox Sports Southwest in the emcee.

Nadel, 63, began his association with the Rangers in 1979 and in 2006 announced he had signed a lifetime contract with the club, allowing him to remain on the broadcast team until he chooses to retire.

In recognition, the Rangers are presenting the first 15,000 fans to tonight's game Eric Nadel bobbleheads, complete with a recording of his call of the play that sent the Rangers to their first World Series.

Fox Sports Southwest will televise a 30-minute special honoring Nadel at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

More moves: Left-handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend is the latest to catch the shuttle from Triple-A Round Rock to Arlington. In 19 starts with Round Rock, Feierabend posted an 8-5 record with a 4.54 ERA in 113 innings with a 26/67 walk to strikeout ratio.

Left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda was optioned to Round Rock to make room for Feierabend on the 25-man roster. Feierabend, 28, was a third round draft choice of the Mariners in 2003. He made it to the big club for parts of the three seasons from 2006-2008. In 2009, he underwent Tommy John surgery. The Rangers signed him to a minor league contract prior to last season.

“I’ve got butterflies now," Feierabend said in the Rangers clubhouse. “But I’m excited. As a player you always hope you get that chance."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said the Rangers will not make a decision on a starting pitcher for Sunday’s game until after tonight’s game. Feierabend and Scott Baker are the leading candidates.

Class act: Washington revealed that Colby Lewis volunteered to go to the bullpen if he was needed leading up to the All-Star break.

“That’s a class act," Washington said. “That’s being a great teammate."

Lewis, the Rangers' starter on Thursday, had an outing that many pitchers, as Washington put it, would run away and hide from. But after allowing 13 runs on 13 hits, Lewis was back in the dugout for the final innings.

“It’s a lesson to a lot of young kids," Washington said.

Time to regroup: It is Washington’s opinion that the All-Star break could be helpful for veterans Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, Alex Rios and Leonys Martin.

“Choo, with his competitive spirit, it might do him some good to get away," Washington said. “It should help Elvis, Rios and Martin, too. [Adrian] Beltre, he doesn’t get mentally taxed"

As for the younger players, “they don’t know what’s going on," he said.

Jake is back: Outfielder Jake Smolinski starts in left field tonight. Smolinski was hit on his left elbow by a Garrett Richards pitch in the second inning Friday and Washington took the decision out of Smolinski’s hands by removing him. The manager said he wanted Smolinski to get treatment immediately for his hot-hitting rookie so he would be ready for tonight’s game.

Rehab update: Rangers first baseman/outfielder Jim Adduci is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco tonight. ... The club put on hold for a week the rehab assignment for outfielder Engel Beltre while they work with him to improve his first-step quickness. He’s had a problem getting a jump as a base-runner and getting out of the batter’s box, Washington said.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182