Texas Rangers: Stony Brook Seawolves

Buzz: Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz make progress

June, 15, 2012
6/15/12
5:10
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz are on the road to recovery.

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Holland threw for the first time since being placed on the disabled list, while Feliz has been cleared by team physician Keith Meister and will begin throwing Monday.

Holland was placed on the 15-day DL a couple of days after his last start on June 5 due to shoulder fatigue and weight loss because of a stomach ailment, but he played catch during the team's batting practice Friday.

"Everything was good," Holland said. "I felt real comfortable. I just have to take it day by day."

Feliz is scheduled to throw off flat ground Monday, a step in the right direction. He was placed on the DL after suffering a sprained elbow ligament in his last start May 18. The Rangers are expected to move Feliz to the 60-day DL on Saturday.

Other notes:

* Leonys Martin was called up from Triple-A Round Rock for pitcher Koji Uehara, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with a strained lat muscle. Martin will start in center field and bat ninth in the series opener against the Houston Astros.

* A few pitchers -- Scott Feldman, Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis, Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman -- saw action in batting practice Friday to get ready for the Rangers' trip to San Diego on Monday. ... Manager Ron Washington also got a few swings in as well.

* Kirkman saw his first big league action of the season last night, recording two strikeouts and allowing a walk in one inning of action in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

”It was good to go out there and throw some strikes and get some outs," Kirkman said. "If they need me (tonight), I’ll be ready.”

* The Joe Nathan Stony Brook watch party was in full force in the Rangers clubhouse. There were "Go Seawolves" signs around, and Nathan, a Stony Brook alum, had a TV beside his locker with the game on. Many players were still wearing their Seawolves hats, too.

Buzz: Koji Uehara says injury isn't serious

June, 14, 2012
6/14/12
4:53
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas-- Texas Rangers relief pitcher Koji Uehara will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right lat muscle.

The latissimus dorsi is the muscle that surrounds the rib cage and extends to the arm pit. Uehara said he sustained the injury when he was pitching to Pablo Sandoval in the second game of the Rangers' series against the San Francisco Giants.

"I don't think it's that severe," Uehara said. "I'm pretty positive about the situation."

Uehara said the MRI showed a minor tear and that it should not keep him off the field long. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels reiterated that the injury was not that severe.

"My guess is a no-throw for two weeks," Daniels said. "It’s dependent on when he’s completely pain free and there is no discomfort."

Other notes:

* RHP Justin Grimm is being called up to the big leagues. The move, effective Saturday, will have the 23-year-old seeing his first major league action as a starting pitcher against the Houston Astros. Read more here.

*Neftali Feliz's time on the DL has been increased to 60 days. He is expect to return in late July.

*In honor of Joe Nathan's alma mater, the Rangers all wore Stony Brook hats and red shirts for batting practice before Thursday's game. The Stony Brook Seawolves will face UCLA in the first round of the College World Series on Friday. Nathan said the Seawolves didn't send him enough hats for the team and he's ordered some more. It was supposed to be mandatory for batting practice, but not everyone had a hat they could wear. Nathan hopes to get them in ASAP.

*Nelson Cruz is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's game after coming back from a virus. Read more here.

*Jon Daniels said that Derek Holland could throw Friday, meaning he could be ready for game action in around two weeks. Daniels said nothing is set in stone and it depends on how Holland feels.

*Craig Gentry will not start tonight despite playing particularly well lately. Ron Washington said as long as the starters are healthy, he would prefer to only use Gentry against left-handed pitchers.

"He's been taking total advantage of his opportunities," Washington said. "The kid's got a good skill set. Still, his role is to play center field against lefties, unless one of those guys like Cruz or Hamilton is out."
Joe Nathan is trying to make the Texas Rangers clubhouse an unofficial Stony Brook Seawolves fan club.

Nathan, the most famous baseball alum of the school, watched the Seawolves' winner-take-all Game 3 of their super regional against LSU during the Rangers' long plane flight back from San Francisco on Sunday night. Nathan said it was clear his teammates were pulling for Stony Brook.

"It was really a pleasure being on the flight, and this flight we had DirecTV and [I] was able to watch the game very closely," Nathan said. "I had the whole Rangers team rooting them on. It was a pretty cool experience watching the ballgame."

Nathan's alma mater is the underdog story of the 2012 College World Series, earning a spot after winning the Coral Gables regional at Miami as a No. 4 seed. Stony Brook won three elimination games to win that regional. They then knocked off favored LSU in Baton Rouge in the super regional. Stony Brook lost the first game of the best-of-three series but came back to win the final two and advance to its first College World Series, which starts Friday in Omaha, Neb.

"I don't want to call it an upset," Nathan said. "I truly felt like these guys could come in and do something special."

Nathan, 37, is thankful for his baseball and academic education at Stony Brook. He donated $500,000 to help get Joe Nathan Field built. It opened a little more than a year ago and he attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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