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."
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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.