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Torrealba better, hopes to catch Feliz

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Catcher Yorvit Torrealba, scratched from Tuesday's game with back stiffness, said he's feeling better and hopes to be ready to play tomorrow and catch fireballer Neftali Feliz in his first appearance of the spring.

"Keep in mind I've only caught him in batting practice," said Torrealba, signed in the offseason to be the Rangers' No. 1 catcher. "Early in the spring you want to catch every single guy. I definitely want to play. I just want to be better tomorrow."

Torrealba woke up Tuesday with a stiff back. Trainers suspected he had a tight muscle. He tried to stretch it out, but opted not to play for precautionary measures. Rangers assistant general manger Thad Levine said had this been in-season that Torrealba likely could have played through it.

In other injury news:

*Pitcher Brandon Webb (shoulder) continues with his daily regimen. He will throw long toss today and then throw a bullpen session Thursday. He threw 46 pitches Tuesday, up from the 28 he threw Sunday in his return to throwing from a mound.

*The team is sticking to its timetable for third baseman Adrian Beltre. That puts him four to eight days away from returning. He continues to do running and agility exercises in the pool, hit in the cages and throw. He has yet to run outdoors. The club has been hopeful that he will be able to play in a game by March 10.