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July 03, 2012

Injured Rangers pitchers go through bullpen sessions

Mike Napoli, David Murphy, Michael Young and Ian Kinsler were handful of Rangers taking early batting pracitce on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Feild in Chicago.

The more important action took place in the visiting bullpen, though, where manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux watched Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando throw off a mound for the first time since each landed on the disabled list.

Koji Uehara is expected to throw off a mound at some point this series, as well.

Feliz, who has been out with right elbow inflammation since his May 18 start in Houston, played long-toss with Ogando, and was the first to throw off a mound. Feliz has reported feeling strong over the past week, and is expected to rehab as a starter.

Feliz was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 16 to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Justin Grimm, and is not eligible to return until July 18.

Ogando, sidelined with a right groin strain, has been progressing and will rehab as a reliever. He injured himself trying to beat out a bunt single on June 10 at San Francisco.

Uehara has been out the last two-plus weeks with a right lat strain.

Six pitchers from the Opening Day staff are on the disabled list. Feliz, Ogando and Uehara are joined by Derek Holland, Mark Lowe and Colby Lewis.

-- Drew Davison

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