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August 28, 2011

Sunday's Rangers pregame notes

Here are a few notes before the Rangers and Angels meet in this three-game series finale at Rangers Ballpark.

* Adrian Beltre doesn't  believe he needs to go on a rehab assignment, but is doing it because the team wants him to. Beltre believes he will be ready to return after two games with Triple A Round Rock. Beltre was at Rangers Ballpark on Sunday, running and working out with Andres Blanco.

* Scott Feldman is ready for his spot start on Tuesday. He feels good and is anxious to get back on the mound. He has felt good in his role as the bullpen's longman, but still views himself as a potential starter in the future. Feldman noted that the current Rangers' rotation has done a good job this season, but he hopes to have a chance to start in the future.

* Ron Washington wouldn't name who the team would call up in September, but said there will be arms and position players added. The Rangers will likely add a third catcher, and possibly more position players if Andres Blanco isn't ready to return by Sept. 1. Washington went on to say that Feldman is a possibility for another spot start at some point in September, but the team would also consider giving a current minor leaguer a start.

* Mike Napoli said his wrist feels fine after getting hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. There is slight bruising, but Napoli was in the lineup as designated hitter.

* Washington isn't concerned about reliever Koji Uehara's recent struggles. Uehara described his stint in Texas so far as "negative." Uehara had a 0.00 ERA in July, but has posted a 6.23 ERA in August this season. Last year, he had a 0.66 ERA in August but saw it rise to 5.14 throughout September.

* The Rangers aren't planning on releasing any more information on the male fan who fell down the stairway at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. In their original release, the team said the fan had been treated for undisclosed injuries and transported to a local hospital.

-- Drew Davison


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