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Rangers unsure which role Neftali Feliz will fill once healthy

May 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Neftali Feliz is expected to miss the remainder of the first half with a sprained elbow, so whenever Roy Oswalt is ready to join the Rangers there will be an open spot in the rotation waiting for him.

As for what happens when Oswalt is starting every fifth day and Feliz is ready to return … the Rangers haven’t thought that far ahead, according to manager Ron Washington.

Washington told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that “right now I don’t think any of us knows what will happen” with Feliz and the Rangers have told him to focus on simply getting healthy before any decisions are made regarding his role.

If everyone in the revamped rotation stays healthy and effective Feliz could always shift back to the bullpen, presumably as a setup man considering how fantastic Joe Nathan has been as the closer. And if Oswalt’s back problems reoccur or another starter goes down Feliz can build back his arm strength while rehabbing and resume starting.

For his part Feliz reiterated yesterday that he still views himself as a starter, but added: “I’m not worried about it … I’m just focused on getting healthy.”

  1. artisan3m - May 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    A game or two more of six run innings by the rotation, there may be a slot for Neftali regardless of Oswalt’s presence. Consistency has not been the brand of Ranger starters over the past month.

  2. billymc75 - May 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Just trade him change will do him good, he wasn’t bad but apparently it’s too much for his arm

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