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Feliz will be reliever upon September return

Feliz will be reliever upon September return

Feliz will be reliever upon September return

ARLINGTON -- General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers will have more discussions in the offseason about the future roles of pitchers Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando. For now, Ogando will be used as a starter when he comes off the disabled list and Feliz will be used as a reliever when he returns in September.

Ogando was a reliever in 2010 and '12, and a starter in 2011 and this season. Feliz was the Rangers' closer in 2010-11 before moving into the rotation last season. Feliz made seven starts before elbow problems led to Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery on Aug. 1, 2012. He has made five appearances on a rehab assignment, including a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Triple A Round Rock on Monday.

"He's getting a little better each time out and his velocity is picking up," Daniels said. "He's taking it step by step to make sure he's 100 percent."

As far as Feliz's future role, Daniels said, "We haven't had a conversation about that recently. If we made the decision today, it would probably be in the bullpen. We don't have to make it now."

The Rangers are taking the same approach with Ogando's future as they try to determine if the increased workload as a starter has led to the injuries this season.

"I don't know if anybody really knows," Daniels said. "That's a topic of conversation, if he's better going to the bullpen. But that's probably a topic of conversation for next year. Right now, we have limited options with our starting rotation."

Ogando said he does not believe his injuries are related to moving back into the rotation, and made it clear what he wants to do in the future.

"Start," Ogando said.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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