ARLINGTON -- All-Star Rangers closer Neftali Feliz, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder, threw for the first time on Wednesday since being sidelined. He threw 30 pitches from 90 feet while playing catch with pitching coach Mike Maddux. "I feel better," Feliz said. "I feel strong. It doesn't bother me. I think I'm going to be ready to come back when I'm supposed to come off the disabled list." Feliz was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 21 and is eligible to come off on May 6. That will be the first game of the next homestand against the Yankees.
"I think five to six days off would have been OK," Feliz said. "But they decided to place me on the 15-day disabled list. It's a little extreme, but I understand." Darren Oliver is serving as the Rangers' primary closer during Feliz's absence.
General manager Jon Daniels is still predicting a short stay on the DL for Feliz.
"If he's not activated on the 16th day, it will be shortly after," Daniels said. "If anything, he is doing better than expected. He's got his range of motion back."