Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 2/22/12
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- New Texas Rangers starter Neftali Feliz can't wait to get the season going. That may have been one of the reasons Feliz showed up at the Surprise Recreation Complex just after 6:30 Wednesday morning. Feliz, who is making the transition from closer to starter this spring, is ready to begin the process. He's already thrown four or five bullpen sessions. "I feel fine," Feliz said. "The hardest thing is going to be the pitch count. I've got to throw more. It's just a new routine." Feliz has already taken steps to try and get ready. Strength and conditioning coach Jose Vazquez put Feliz on a program with the main emphasis being to strengthen the lower half of his body for the added workload. As for the pitching part, Feliz thinks he can handle that himself. The biggest key there will be to develop pitches to go along with his fastball. "I've been working a lot more on my changeup," Feliz said. "I didn't use it much as a closer. The changeup and the slider are the...
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