Ogando a go for Friday's start vs. Angels
Rangers right-hander reports no problems with blistered finger
ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Alexi Ogando is still set for Friday's game against the Angels, and he has reported no problems with the blister on his right index finger.
"Yeah, I'm ready," Ogando said simply.
Ogando has discussed his problems with blisters that go back to last season with Rangers team president Nolan Ryan, who dealt with them throughout his career. Ryan has suggested several remedies, including using pickle juice.
Manager Ron Washington said Ogando's blister has improved greatly after skipping his start on Sunday.
"It looks good," Washington said. "The best it's been. Where that will lead, we'll see."
Feliz showing little bit of rust since activation
ARLINGTON -- Rangers closer Neftali Feliz showed some rust in Tuesday's appearance against Oakland, walking two and allowing his first inherited runner to score since May 11 of last year.
Feliz has struggled entering games when the Rangers have a big lead or are trailing by a large deficit, but manager Ron Washington said a lack of work was more the factor Tuesday. Feliz needed 20 pitches in the inning.
"Of course there is [rust]," Washington said.
It was only the third time Feliz has pitched in three weeks after spending 15 days on the disabled list with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He was activated last Friday.
Feliz made a rehab appearance last week for Double-A Frisco, pitched against the Yankees on Saturday and then again Tuesday against the A's.
Young passes on taking wild swing for cycle
ARLINGTON -- To no one's surprise, Michael Young took a 3-2 pitch outside for ball four on Tuesday night instead of taking a wild hack and trying to get the home run he was lacking for the cycle.
"I'm not very good at trying to hit home runs," said Young, who had two in 146 at-bats entering Wednesday's game.
Young also doesn't want to start any bad habits, especially while leading the American League in hits (51 entering Wednesday). Every at-bat matters, even in a 7-2 game, for a seasoned hitter.
"You want to create good habits," Young said. "No matter what is happening, you want to execute."
Right-hander Eric Hurley, hit in the head by a line drive in early April playing for Triple-A Round Rock, was cleared for baseball activities on Wednesday. He had been recovering from the concussion he sustained last month. "I haven't had any headaches in a while," Hurley said. "I broke a sweat today."
Shortstop Elvis Andrus sat on Wednesday, giving him two days of rest with Thursday's off-day. Michael Young will get Friday's game off.
Manager Ron Washington said Thursday's off-day factored into Colby Lewis coming back into the game in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 7-2 win after waiting out a 59-minute rain delay.
Left-hander Martin Perez of Double-A Frisco held the opposition scoreless for the third time in seven starts this season. He didn't allow a run in six innings in Tuesday's 4-3 win at Midland.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.