OAKLAND -- Rangers pitchers Neftali Feliz and Tommy Hunter, both on the disabled list, are headed to Double-A Frisco on Wednesday to pitch on medical rehab assignments. Both threw in the bullpen on Monday without problem, and they are both ready to face hitters in a real game.
Feliz, who has been dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, did his throwing in Oakland before the Rangers' game against the Athletics. He threw 46 pitches, gave the session a thumbs-up afterward and is down for one inning on Wednesday. If that goes well, he will be activated on Friday when Texas returns home to face the Yankees.
"He's ready to get out of here," manager Ron Washington said. "He'll throw an inning on Wednesday, and if that goes well, we'll activate him Friday when he's [eligible] to come off."
Hunter, who is sidelined because of a strained groin muscle, did his throwing in extended spring camp. He is down for three to four innings on Wednesday, but that is just a beginning. Hunter will likely need two to three more starts before he is an option at the Major League level, and he still needs more pitchers fielding practice (PFP) to make sure the injury is completely healed.
Washington said the Rangers want to make sure Hunter gets his pitch count up so he can be ready to step into the rotation if needed.
"We don't have [starting pitching] depth down there, so we need to make sure he is stretched out," Washington said about Hunter. "If he has to go into the rotation, we don't want any concerns about his pitch count. If he has to go to the bullpen, he'll go to the bullpen. We haven't made that decision yet."