Heading into spring training, Feliz was considered the front-runner to earn the ninth inning role. Now, he’s fighting to get healthy and stay relevant.
Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria, the leading candidates to replace Joe Nathan as the Texas closer, had contrasting results as the Rangers lost 9-7 to the White Sox on Sunday.
Winning the AL West is out of the question for the Rangers. Now, the Wild Card is slipping away as well.
A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer, Mitch Moreland had a solo shot, and the Rangers beat the Mariners 8-3 on Monday night for their sixth win in eight games.
Aging Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman felt a twinge in his side, and rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch complained of a sore elbow.
Soria was recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery when the Rangers signed the two-time All-Star to an $8 million, two-year contract last winter with a team option for 2015.
Joakim Soria can’t wait to get back on the mound. And he can’t wait to win. The injured reliever and the Rangers finalized their $8 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.
While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Speed isn’t part of Mike Napoli’s game. Still, the Texas Rangers catcher was fast enough to score from first on Elvis Andrus’ ninth-inning single.