Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz has been put on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation, leaving the defending American League champions unsettled at the back end of their bullpen.
The Rangers made the move before playing Kansas City on Saturday. It was retroactive to Thursday, the day after the hard-throwing right-hander last pitched.
“We’ve got no bona fide closer right now,” manager Ron Washington said. “It’s that simple.”
Feliz has five saves in five chances this season and an 1.08 ERA in eight appearances. Last season, Feliz set a major league rookie record with 40 saves.
When asked who the closer would be in Feliz’s absence, Washington responded, “whoever gets the ball in the ninth inning.”
The options include Darren Oliver and Arthur Rhodes, the Rangers’ 40-something left-handers who have only 35 combined saves in 1,456 major league appearances. Submarine-throwing right-hander Darren O’Day has only two saves in 177 games, and right-hander Dave Bush was a starter his first seven major league seasons before joining the Rangers bullpen this year.
“I guess it will be closer by committee,” Oliver said.
NOW WHERE’S THAT UNWRITTEN BOOK?
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said a missed sign led to a steal attempt during Friday’s 12-2 win over Chicago that irked Cubs manager Mike Quade.
The Dodgers were leading 8-1 when A.J. Ellis attempted to steal second with pitcher Chad Billingsley at the plate in the top of the fifth inning.
“I do think that I probably need to get a copy of the Milwaukee and L.A. unwritten rules books, I think, too,” Quade said Friday. “I don’t know if they missed a sign … or something. I’ve got to brush up on my unwritten rule things.”
Mattingly and Quade talked before Saturday’s game and apparently settled their differences. The Cubs manager called his counterpart “a class guy.”
Justin Morneau returned to the Twins’ lineup after missing the previous five games with an illness. Morneau, who went 2-for-5, had not played since April 16 because of a nasty case of the flu. Delmon Young, also fighting the flu, missed his fourth consecutive game. … The Blue Jays placed infielder Jayson Nix on the disabled list with a bruised left shin and called up infielder Mike McCoy from Triple-A Las Vegas. … The Pirates activated infielder Brandon Wood and optioned infielder Pedro Ciriaco to Triple-A Indianapolis. … The Cubs recalled right-hander Justin Berg from Triple-A Iowa. … The Nationals purchased the contract of infielder Brian Bixler from Triple-A Syracuse.