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“Nathan said his velocity hasn't completely returned, though it's not far off at 91 to 93 mph, even touching 94 or 95 at times. He's using his curveball more and re-introducing a changeup into his repertoire. "I'm finishing my breaking pitches better now," Nathan said. That includes the curve. "I was able to command it a lot better on both sides of the plate," Nathan said. "I'm trying to use movement more and make other pitches better when my fastball isn't there." Nathan wore a jersey with No. 63 on the back. He was No. 36 last year and will wear that number again should Wilson not return to Texas. Daniels said he called Wilson's agent, Bob Garber, to let him know of the signing. He said as of now, the rotation is led by Colby Lewis and includes Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando and Feliz. "It doesn't change anything in terms of the fact that we're interested," Daniels said. "But it does take some of the pressure off. With C.J. or anyone, we don't want to be put in a spot where have to do something that we didn't plan to. This gives us a guy we've liked for a long time and also gives us options. It doesn't pin us down to where we have to do something." Manager Ron Washington talked to Feliz over the phone a few days ago and said the pitcher's attitude was good and that he's excited about starting. "He wanted to be informed of our purpose," Washington said. "We let him know ahead of time and he's excited about it and will prepare himself to start." Washington said having Nathan gives the club some more experience on the back end and the confidence to move Feliz. Nathan is a four-time All-Star (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009) and has 261 saves, fifth-most among active pitchers. He had 35 or more saves for six straight seasons (2004-09). Richard Durrett covers the Texas Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.
It does take some of the pressure off. With C.J. [Wilson] or anyone, we don't want to be put in a spot where have to do something that we didn't plan to. This gives us a guy we've liked for a long time and also gives us options. It doesn't pin us down to where we have to do something.” -- Rangers GM Jon Daniels