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June 26, 2012

Tuesday's Rangers notes: Injury updates on Feliz, Ogando, Uehara, Moreland

After addressing Colby Lewis landing on the disabled list and Martin Perez being called up, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels gave updates on all of the players currently on the disabled list:

* Derek Holland, on the DL with left shoulder fatigue, will start Wednesday at Round Rock. He is still scheduled to make three medical rehabilitation starts, although he could be a candidate to return to the Rangers by July 6 or 7 against Minnesota. "Given the nature of some of the injuries, it will be a consideration depending on how he is doing and where the club is," Daniels said. "He'll definitely make two, decent chance he makes a third but that is open for conversation."

* Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz each threw 90-feet today. Ogando, sidelined with a right groin strain, is building up to a bullpen scheduled for next week, while Feliz, out with right elbow inflammation, is building up to a bullpen to be thrown hopefully between July 6-8.

* Koji Uehara, on the DL with a right lat strain, is about a week away from a bullpen.

* Craig Gentry, nursing a sprained right ankle, went through base-running, outfield and agility drills. He is available tonight off the bench.

* Mitch Moreland, on the DL with left hamstring strain, is still in the treatment phase.

Here are a few other notes from Tuesday:

* Mike Napoli has doubled in each of the past three games, and is batting .375 over his last four games after going 1 for 24. Napoli, though, said he is still taking it at-bat to at-bat. "Sometimes I feel comfortable up there, sometimes I don't," Napoli said. Hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said Napoli has a lot of moving parts in his swing, which makes it longer for him to get everything back together.

* Michael Kirkman, who threw 82 pitches on Monday, said he'd need at least two days, preferably three, before he is available again out of the bullpen. "That's the most I've thrown since I've been up here, but it was the best I've thrown, as well," Kirkman said.

* Justin Grimm hasn't watched film of Monday's start yet, but didn't think he was tipping his off-speed pitches. The Detroit Tigers, Grimm said, simply hit poorly executed breaking pitches.

-- Drew Davison


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