Feliz, Ogando nearing rehab assignments

Feliz, Ogando nearing rehab assignments

ARLINGTON -- Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando, two of the five Rangers pitchers currently on the disabled list, will have bullpen sessions Monday at the club's facility in the Dominican Republic before beginning rehab assignments this week.

Ogando, who has been on the DL since June 12 with a strained right groin, will likely make a rehab outing with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. He could make another appearance with Round Rock on Saturday and return to the team in Oakland next week. Ogando threw 51 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday.

Feliz, who is on the 60-day DL with right elbow inflammation, could make a rehab start next weekend. Feliz, who went 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA in seven starts before being placed on the DL on May 21, threw 47 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday. Feliz is likely to return by the end of July, but it is unclear if he will come back to the rotation or go to the bullpen, where he served as the Rangers' closer each of the past two seasons.

"We're talking about the end of July going into August," manager Ron Washington said. "He'll get stretched out and when he's ready to go, we'll have a decision to make and we'll make whatever decision we have to make. We'll keep our options open."

Feliz and Koji Uehara (strained right lat), who threw 43 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday, are scheduled to throw live batting practice Thursday, when Mark Lowe (strained intercostal muscle) should also begin a throwing program. Uehara and Lowe could both go on rehab assignments but nothing has been planned yet.

"[Uehara's] plan is to throw some live BP on Thursday, let him see some hitters and see how that goes," Washington said. "That's a very sensitive area where he's hurt. We have to make sure that thing is together well."