Rangers hope to have Feliz start in 2012

Team's need for stabilizing force at back end of bullpen keeps fireballer in closing role

Updated: March 25, 2011, 12:51 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Funny how becoming a contending team can get in the way of development, isn't it?

If this year's Texas Rangers resembled the group that trotted out on the field in 2008, Neftali Feliz would be in the rotation. This "big question" hanging over camp wouldn't exist.

"If our internal expectations were lower, we may have approached it differently," general manager Jon Daniels said. "I know we would have."

There's no doubt Feliz's performance this spring -- ...

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