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May 21, 2012

Rangers likely without Neftali Feliz for two months; Roy Oswalt a possibility

General manager Jon Daniels confirmed that the Rangers will consider free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt as they decide what to do with the rotation vacancy created by the elbow injury to Neftali Feliz.

The Rangers watched Oswalt throw Friday in Mississippi and are believed to be one of three teams with interest in him, along with Philadelphia and Boston.

Daniels said that Oswalt is not ready to pitch in a big-league game.

"We'll consider all our options, whatever's best for the team going forward," Daniels said. "He [Oswalt] is still out there. He hasn't faced hitters yet. He's not an immediate option."

Scott Feldman will start Wednesday in place of Feliz, who has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament that team physician Dr. Keith Meister is confident won't require Tommy John surgery. Feliz will not throw for four weeks, and then will visit Meister again for a follow-up exam. Feliz could begin a throwing program if cleared at that visit.

The Rangers havent' committed to Feldman beyond Wednesday, though Daniels said that he expects Feldman to continue in the rotation. Alexi Ogando isn't a realistic option because he isn't as stretched out as Feldman and has become a valuable piece in the bullpen.

But, as is the case with Oswalt, the Rangers will consider every option.

-- Jeff Wilson

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