ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers have decided to give starter Neftali Feliz some extra time between starts and he won't start again until the Rangers play in Toronto Tuesday.
Feliz started Saturday in Game 2 of a doubleheader in Detroit and will be available in the bullpen for the next few games, including Wednesday's series finale against New York.
"We're backing Neffy off," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We'll get him some days here. This is just something we're doing. We either can take the opportunity to do it now or we'll have to do it on the back end."
Washington said the Rangers have a plan in place now for Feliz that they didn't have in place last year when Alexi Ogando was making the transition from reliever to starter.
Feliz pitched a complete game Saturday in Detroit, throwing 119 pitches.
"Nothing is wrong with Neffy," Washington said. "We didn't do that with Ogando. We just gave the ball to Ogando and turned him loose. We're going to turn him (Feliz) loos...