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January 05, 2012

Lots of Rangers news, including Mike Adams and Josh Hamilton

General manager Jon Daniels held a State of the Off-season conference call with local beat writers and had no shortage of news. Here's a quick rundown:

Right-hander Mike Adams had surgery Wednesday to fix a hernia, an issue that popped up three weeks ago. Had the injury been suffered during the season, he likely would have pitched through it without surgery. Instead, Adams went under the knife. He will be slowed at the start of spring training, but Daniels expects that Adams will be a full-go by Opening Day on April 6.

Josh Hamilton's father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, has been hired by the club as a special assistant and will be Hamilton's accountability partner. Chadwick, father to Katie Hamilton, will travel with the club and fill one of the roles Johnny Narron held before leaving to be Milwaukee's hitting coach. Chadwick won't work with the team and won't be as visible as Narron.

A camp for young Rangers pitchers will be held Jan. 17-20 at Rangers Ballpark. Neftali Feliz will be among the pitchers in attendance as the Rangers check in on him as he prepares for his first season in the majors. He is one of 15 pitchers and nine coaches/front-office members who will participate. Greg Maddux is scheduled to be on hand.

The Rangers continue to work with a select group of players on long-term extensions, but have agreed with Mike Napoli to work on just a 2012 contract for now. Daniels said that the negotiations to this point have been amicable, and they very well could resume at a later time.

Left-hander Michael Gonzalez remains on the radar as a possible bullpen piece. The Rangers have requested the latest medical reports on the free agent, who had surgery on his left knee in November after the World Series. The procedure was considered to be minor.

The Rangers traded first baseman Chad Tracy to Colorado in exchange for right-hander Greg Reynolds, who was assigned to Triple A Round Rock. Tracy's father, Jim, is the Rockies' manager.

-- Jeff Wilson



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Pretty sure this isn't Neftis first season in the majors

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