08/08/11 7:32 PM ET
Young the same before, after milestone
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Adams knows Feliz should close
ARLINGTON -- Neftali Feliz is back as the Rangers' closer one night after Mike Adams pitched the ninth inning and earned the save in a 5-3 victory over the Indians. Adams filled in because Feliz had pitched in the three previous games, but manager Ron Washington said Feliz was available on Monday.Adams said he would love to be a closer at some point, but now is not the right time. He sees himself and Koji Uehara as being the setup relievers in front of Feliz. "We're a lot better team with Feliz as the closer and have all three of us at the back end," Adams said. "We're a lot better team with him confident and going out and doing that job." Adams needed just seven pitches to finish off the Indians for what was the third save of his career. "It wasn't bad," Adams said. "It was fun, a whole lot of fun. I'm not saying I don't want to do it. It's the elite position out of the bullpen, and as far as next year or sometime in the future, I would like to close. But right now Neftali is our closer, and we're a lot better ballclub if he's able to go out and do it."
Rangers hold off on activating Gentry
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are holding off activating outfielder Craig Gentry off the disabled list because they want an extra reliever in the bullpen for at least a couple more days.Gentry is on the seven-day DL because of a concussion he sustained in a July 24 game against the Blue Jays. He is currently on a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Round Rock. Players on the seven-day DL are limited to a five-game rehab assignment, and Gentry has played three going into Monday. By holding back until Wednesday, the Rangers can delay making a roster move involving a pitcher. The Rangers have to make a roster move on Tuesday, when Alexi Ogando returns from paternity leave but will likely drop one of their position players, either infielder Omar Quintanilla or catcher Taylor Teagarden. On Wednesday, they will likely drop an extra reliever. Darren O'Day was called up when Ogando went on paternity leave, but that doesn't automatically mean he will be the one sent down. Both O'Day and Yoshinori Tateyama have options and Scott Feldman still has a blister on his right thumb. Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers don't expect to put Feldman on the DL because of the blister, but it is an option. "The blister is better, but we won't know until tomorrow," Washington said.
Rangers officials indicated they do not expect to sign Cedar Crest (Pa.) High School outfielder Derek Fisher, their sixth-round pick from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft who has a scholarship to the University of Virginia. Fisher was the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year, but at this point, his asking price exceeds what the Rangers are willing to pay. David Murphy had a bases-loaded RBI single to drive in the first run of the Rangers' five-run eighth inning on Sunday night. He is now 3-for-7 with three RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season. He is also hitting .308 (12-for-39) in 13 games since the All-Star break. The Rangers have promoted pitcher Kevin Matthews from the Arizona Rookie League to Class A Spokane. The Rangers' No. 1 Draft pick in June, he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in seven games in Arizona. Matthews, 18, is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday night against Yakima. Second baseman Ian Kinsler has a 37-game errorless streak going into Monday's game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.