SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers endured an early morning scare Sunday when All-Star Neftali Feliz was hit on the left leg by a line drive while throwing live batting practice. Preliminary X-rays showed no broken bones, and he remains on track to pitch Wednesday against Oakland."It hurts a little, but bit by bit it is going away. I think I'll be fine in a couple of days," Feliz said. "I'm just happy it was not anything serious and I'll be able to keep working. I still think I will be able to pitch [Wednesday], but we'll see how I feel tomorrow."
2010 Spring Training - Texas Rangers
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Feliz, who was carted off of the field, laid motionless on the mound after being hit by Craig Gentry's liner but eventually stood up and walked to the trainer's cart under his own power. He was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister soon after the incident and was diagnosed with a bruised shin and a contusion."Guys get hit all of the time," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "When I got out there, he decided to get up. He decided to get up, walk around and they took him in. He probably has ice on it right now." Feliz, who was named the American League Rookie of the Year after saving 40 games last season, is being considered for a spot in the starting rotation. He threw two scoreless innings in his first start but struggled with his slider and changeup.
Rangers working on front-office continuity
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers extended the contract of general manager Jon Daniels earlier this week, and assistant general manager Thad Levine could be next on the list.Rangers president Nolan Ryan has been open about his desire to maintain continuity among his front-office personnel and mentioned Levine's situation during the news conference announcing Daniels' contract extension through 2015. "Nolan was very particular in that he wanted to make sure Jon's was completely wrapped up," Levine said. "It's my understanding that those conversations may start soon. He's been very forthright with me throughout this process that I was on the list, but he wanted to make sure Jon was treated the way he should be treated as the general manager." Levine has been the assistant general manager since joining the Rangers in 2005. Prior to his time in Texas, he served as Colorado's senior director of baseball operations and was the Rockies' director of baseball administration for two seasons, starting in 2002. He was the team's assistant director of baseball administration from 1999-2002. "It's been a tremendous experience working over here," Levine said. "It's been a great personal fulfillment, and it's been a great group of people to work with. It couldn't be more rewarding or fulfilling and the opportunity to be part of that for years to come would make me, my wife and my kids extremely happy."
Rangers, Giants ready for Series rematch
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers will play San Francisco on Monday night at Scottsdale Stadium in the first meeting between the two teams since the Giants defeated them in the World Series. The 8:05 CT contest will be available on MLB.TV.As scheduled, the Rangers will start several regulars in the game, but don't expect anything out of the ordinary from the club. "We are not trying to prove anything," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They only way I'm looking for blood again is if we can meet them again [in the World Series]." The Rangers will start Alexi Ogando. The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez. Tommy Hunter, Mason Tobin, Zach Jackson and Pedro Strop are also scheduled to pitch for Texas. Washington's message this spring has been consistent. "The main thing is that we get off the field healthy," Washington said. "And everyone gets their repetition, the players and the pitchers. As long as we are getting the repetition and we are constantly getting the things we want to do and work on things we have to work on. Each day comes and goes and it gets closer to Opening Day. That's what it's all about."
Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers (lower back stiffness) is feeling better and will visit a local spine specialist for further examination. He has not resumed baseball activity. ... Adrian Beltre (right calf strain) participated in light baseball drills, which included fielding ground balls and light running. ... Minor League pitchers and catchers will report to camp on Monday and position players report on Saturday. Minor League camp begins on March 17. ... Brandon Webb threw 62 pitches in his bullpen session Sunday and hopes to throw to hitters after one more bullpen session. "My arm is fine, but I was a little wild," he said. "I can feel what I'm doing. But I need to be able to correct it in one pitch when things are going good and I'm not doing that yet." Webb said his velocity is probably at about 75 percent.