04/28/10 8:05 PM ET
Washington keeps options open for closer
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
Neftali Feliz, the current closer in name, blew his first save Friday and gave up back-to-back home runs in Monday's 6-4 loss in extra innings to Detroit. Frank Francisco, the ex-closer, got three outs Tuesday night for the save in a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Even left-hander Darren Oliver was in line to pitch in a save situation Wednesday night.
"Depends on where we are in the lineup," manager Ron Washington said.
Washington said Feliz was available Wednesday after pitching in back-to-back games for the first time in his Major League career on Sunday and Monday.
Francisco has pitched an inning each of the past two games but was available.
Bunting is drill of day for Rangers
ARLINGTON -- Several of the the Rangers, including shortstop Elvis Andrus and outfielder Julio Borbon, worked on bunting before batting practice Wednesday.
Manager Ron Washington said he is happy with his team's ability to get down a bunt, and just wanted to remind his players the importance of producing in sacrifice situations. The Rangers have executed nine sacrifice bunts this season, but, for instance, Andrus was unable to move the runners over in a key situation Tuesday.
The fact that the infield grass is thick at the present time also makes it an inviting surface to bunt on.
Washington said catcher Matt Treanor, who had three RBIs in Tuesday's 4-2 victory, is the Rangers' best bunter, in part from spending most of his career with the Florida Marlins in the National League.
Decision looms with Kinsler nearing return
ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Wednesday that the Rangers are far along in the process of deciding what move to make when second baseman Ian Kinsler comes off the disabled list, probably Friday in Seattle. Kinsler was to play in his final rehab game on Wednesday night for Double-A Frisco.
"We know what our options are," Washington said.
They will drop an infielder, either Joaquin Arias or Andres Blanco. Or they could keep both and make a move with Ryan Garko.
Washington said Arias' back is feeling better, which is why he was back in the lineup on Wednesday.
"I didn't want to put him out there if he can't finish what he started," Washington said.
ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Tommy Hunter was activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma. He threw two shutout innings (35 pitches) in an extended spring training game Wednesday. He will throw a bullpen session Friday. ... Darren O'Day (strained back) was doing better and was a possibility to pitch in Wednesday night's game. ... Newly recalled catcher Max Ramirez could play some first base in an emergency. "Not for an long extended period of time," manager Ron Washington said. ... Matt Treanor said he had White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle sign a Wheaties box with the White Sox pitcher on the front for his wife, Olympic Gold medalist beach volleyball player Misty May Treanor. "I had it at Spring Training with me but never got a chance to get it signed," Treanor said. In an interesting sidenote, Buerhle was asked after Tuesday's game what he knew about Treanor before the catcher got the left-hander for a home run and three RBIs. "His wife is a volleyball player," Buehrle said.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.