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Feliz says he expects to remain a starter

The Sports Xchange

While the Rangers are focused on how they will replace injured RHP Neftali Feliz in the short term, there is also this to consider:

What will they do with Feliz when he returns?

Feliz, speaking for the first time since he was diagnosed Monday with a sprained elbow ligament, said through an interpreter that "in my mind," he will go back to the rotation when healthy. That, however, is at least six weeks away, and in all likelihood, more like eight weeks providing there are no significant setbacks.

By that time, the Rangers could have free agent RHP Roy Oswalt, to whom they have been linked, in the rotation and might have more need for Feliz as a fresh late-inning arm in the bullpen who could make the relief corps even deeper for a possible postseason run. The bullpen tired at the end of the postseason from a heavy workload.

"We're not ready to discuss what he's going to do or not do," Washington said. "Get healthy, and when he gets to that point, we'll make that decision. That's what Nefti needs to focus on, not worry about what he's going to do or not do."

Feliz was the Rangers' closer in 2009-10, going 6-6 with 72 saves in 81 appearances, a 2.73 ERA and a .181 opponents' batting average. But he also suffered the blown save in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 2011 World Series when the Rangers had a chance to put St. Louis away.

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