Neftali Feliz hit in shin, has contusion

Updated: March 6, 2011, 2:41 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz was hit in the left shin by a line drive off the bat of Craig Gentry during his throwing session Sunday. A preliminary X-ray (a fluoroscope) showed no break in the shin.

"I'm ok," Feliz said. "It was a line drive that came so fast that I didn't have time to defend myself and it hit me. It hurts a little, but bit by bit, it is going away. I think I'll be fine a couple of days."

After trainers attended to Feliz, he got up off the mound and walked to a cart nearby before being taken into the clubhouse. The injury is termed a contusion at this point and it's unclear how that might impact Feliz's throwing schedule this week. He was expected to pitch Wednesday.

"I'm just happy it was not anything serious and I'll be able to keep working," Feliz added. "I still think I will be able to pitch (Wednesday), but we'll see how I feel tomorrow."

Feliz is being stretched out this spring to see if he is ready for a spot in the starting rotation. He was the closer for the Rangers in 2010 and finished with 40 saves, earning AL Rookie of the Year honors.

Manager Ron Washington was in the dugout on the back field when Feliz went down. He went out to check on him.

"You just hope it's not serious," Washington said shortly after Feliz left the field. "But pitchers get hit in the shin all the time. He probably has a contusion."

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.

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