Rangers tell Feliz to focus on getting healthy

Rangers tell Feliz to focus on getting healthy

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers don't want Neftali Feliz worried about his spot on the pitching staff. That was the message they conveyed when Feliz met with manager Ron Washington and assistant general manager Thad Levine on Wednesday, one day after the Rangers announced the signing of pitcher Roy Oswalt.

"Just get healthy, that was the specifics of it," Washington said. "Focus on getting healthy right now. He can't even pick up a ball. Once he touches a ball, we'll see where he is. Right now, I don't think any of us knows what will happen."

Feliz went on the disabled list on May 21 with a sprained right elbow. He has been shut down from throwing for four weeks and will be reevaluated at that point. Feliz is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA in seven starts and one relief appearance.

"I still see myself as a starter, but I'm not worried about it," Feliz said. "It was nice of Washington to talk to me, but I'm just focused on getting healthy."

Right now Scott Feldman is the Rangers' fifth starter. Oswalt is not expected to join the rotation until late June.

"We'll just see what happens," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Neftali is still 2-3 weeks away from seeing the doctor and getting a potential green light to throw. Roy is 2-3 weeks away from joining the big league staff. We're going to roll with what we have now."