Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:01:21 -0800
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the team's closer competition remains wide open between RPs Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers. Soria retired all three batters he faced in 10 pitches Thursday, March 6, and Feliz retired all three hitters he faced on 16 pitches. Feliz's fastball touched 93 mph and his changeup hit 85 mph. "I wish all of sudden he could come into spring training and all of a sudden you see 95 (mph) or 97 but he'll work his way to that if it's still in him," Washington said. "But right now, I just want him to stay healthy and if he stays healthy, he'll be where he needs to be."
Fantasy Tip: Remember, Feliz is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so it's a work in progress with his velocity and command. However, all reports so far have been positive. Unless he suffers a setback, we expect him to open the season as the closer.
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:45:22 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (back) threw in the bullpen without problem Monday, Feb. 24, and he is scheduled to pitch live batting practice Thursday, Feb. 27.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:15:52 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (back) has been bothered by back spasms early in camp, but they have subsided. Scheppers threw off flat ground Saturday, Feb. 22, without any problem, and he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 24. He is one of three candidates for the closer's role.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:15:25 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria is off to the quickest start of the three candidates for the closer's role. He is working against Ps Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers. "He's such a professional," manager Ron Washington said Saturday, Feb. 22. "His arm looks much more free and his velocity has picked up. He was never a power pitcher, but he could locate and throw breaking balls."
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:01:34 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Tanner Scheppers (back) didn't throw Tuesday, Feb. 18, due to back spasms.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:54:03 -0800
The Texas Rangers signed Ps Lisalverto Bonilla, Cory Burns, Wilmer Font, Roman Mendez and Tanner Scheppers, INF Luis Sardinas and OFs Jim Adduci, Engel Beltre and Michael Choice to pre-arbitration deals Monday, Feb. 17. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Sun, 02 Feb 2014 12:57:35 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz remains the front-runner to be the team's closer, ahead of RPs Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers. During the offseason, Feliz worked with scout Mike Anderson in the Dominican Republic on some mechanical adjustments and tightening up his repertoire. In 10 appearances for Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League, he posted a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings, with only two walks and 11 strikeouts. Feliz said he felt better during the latter portion of his time playing winter ball and at one point was clocked at 98 mph on the second day of back-to-back outings. At the end of the 2013 season, he was regularly throwing in the low 90s.
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:14:18 -0800
The Texas Rangers have told RP Tanner Scheppers to prepare to be a starter during spring training because of the injury to SP Derek Holland (knee). Scheppers likely will also be a candidate for the closer job.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:43:10 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz appears to be the front-runner to fill the closer's role as a result of the departure of Joe Nathan, although RPs Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers could also see save opportunities.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:10:09 -0800
The Texas Rangers are still looking for help in the bullpen despite having RPs Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers and Joakim Soria.