ANAHEIM -- Rangers closer Neftali Feliz threw 20 pitches on both Saturday and Sunday. That doesn't mean he's unavailable for Monday's game against the Angels.
Manager Ron Washington said there will be no set rules on how to use Feliz. He said that will be determined daily. All Rangers relievers usually play catch during batting practice and how they feel at that point goes a long way in determining if they are available for the game.
"If the game needs to be shut down and he says he's ready, I'll use him," Washington said. "I'm not thinking about anything else. If the game is on the line and he says he's available, he's our closer. Whatever happens, we have to live with it."
The last time Feliz pitched three straight games, the third appearance didn't go well. He allowed three runs to the Indians on Aug. 6, and the Rangers lost, 7-5. It was Feliz's sixth blown save.
Since then, he has pitched in four games and not allowed a run or a hit. He has walked two while striking out five. Feliz said the big thing is he has been able to use his slider more effectively, and he struck out Hideki Matsui with it while collecting his 23rd save on Sunday in Oakland.
"My breaking ball pitches are working well right now," Feliz said. "I feel much more comfortable with them."