09/15/10 11:50 PM ET
Sharing time keeps Rangers catchers fresh
Washington sticking with rotation between Molina, Treanor
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Closer Feliz pushes for rookie mark, award
ARLINGTON -- Neftali Feliz was back in uniform on Wednesday, one day after missing Tuesday's game because his wife Karina gave birth to daughter Nerali Lucia. Feliz said mother and daughter are doing well.Feliz's return put the two leading candidates for American League Rookie of the Year in uniform at the Ballpark in Arlington on Wednesday. The award is likely going to come down to Feliz and Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson. "I will just put up my numbers," Feliz said. "That's not my decision, it's up to whoever has the responsibility. I'll put up my numbers and let somebody else decide." Feliz went into Wednesday's game with 36 saves, one short of the record for most by a rookie. Kazuhiro Sasaki, who had spent 10 years pitching in Japan's professional league before coming to the United States, set the record with 37 saves for the Mariners in 2000. Feliz is also 3-3 with a 3.05 ERA and opponents are hitting .185 off him, but the numbers aren't that relevant. It all comes down whether voters choose a reliever or a position player. Jackson went into Wednesday's game hitting .302 with 94 runs scored, 31 doubles, 10 triples, three home runs, 32 RBIs and 22 stolen bases for the Tigers. "That would be something very big for me," Feliz said. "I'm just trying to help my team win games. I didn't even dream about it but if I win I'd be very happy."
MRI shows improvement for Francisco
ARLINGTON -- The result of Rangers reliever Frank Francisco's MRI revealed that he is showing some improvement in the strained muscle in his right rib cage.Francisco is going on the Rangers' road trip and is hoping to be able resume a throwing program on Monday. That would give him two weeks to get ready for the playoffs, and that might be pushing it. "I don't know ... maybe," Francisco said. "It will depend on how things go. We're going day-by-day." Francisco is 6-4 with a 3.76 ERA as the Rangers' eighth-inning setup reliever. He appeared in 56 games before going on the disabled list Aug. 28.
Rangers' Young picked for AFL Hall of Fame
ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Michael Young has been selected for induction into the Arizona Fall League. Young and Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter were selected as the 2010 class."It's cool," Young said. "I was actually excited to see that. There are only a few guys in there and that league is a big step to the big leagues. It means a lot. It's a nice honor." Among players, Young and Carpenter join Garret Anderson, Jermaine Dye, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Brian Giles, Shawn Green, Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Derrek Lee, Troy Percival, Albert Pujols, Mike Piazza, Jimmy Rollins and Alfonso Soriano. Young played for the Grand Canyon Rafters in 2000 and will be inducted at some point in November. "I didn't have that good of a season," Young said. "I think I hit .260 or something. I think it's based much more on what I've done in the big leagues. It's a very nice honor. They've had many good players go through that league. "I have a lot of good memories of the Fall League."
Top '10 picks on instructional league roster
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are bringing 35 pitchers, six catchers, 15 infielders and 11 outfielders to instructional league.
Among the players outfielder Jake Skole, catcher Kellin Deglan and pitcher Luke Jackson, top picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
The first workout is on Thursday at the Rangers' Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz.
Josh Hamilton (bruised rib-cage muscle) went through his usual rehabilitation and therapy but there was little else in the way of improvement in his situation. ... Ian Kinsler has officially appealed his one-game suspension, but there has been no ruling handed down yet. Kinsler expressed hope that the suspension would be dropped, but that decision has not been made. ... Dustin Nippert was just the fourth Major League reliever this season to get a victory by going 4 1/3 innings in relief on Tuesday. ... Vladimir Guerrero, going into Wednesday's game, leads the Major Leagues with 49 two-out RBIs and is second with 30 go-head RBIs. ... The Rangers' bullpen went into Wednesday's game with a 3.27 ERA, lowest in the American League.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.