Neftali Feliz to make Tuesday start

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz, who has been dealing with tightness in his right shoulder, is scheduled to start Tuesday after throwing a full bullpen session Sunday.

"I feel good," Feliz said following 43 pitches and some work on the conditioning field. "I'll take a rest day and I can pitch on Tuesday."

With the shoulder scare over, the converted reliever is on track to begin the regular season in Texas' starting rotation.

The 23-year-old Feliz is making the transition from closer to starter this spring. He experienced shoulder tightness in the third inning of his last start Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz., against the Chicago Cubs. He was scheduled to go four innings, but pitching coach Mike Maddux pulled Feliz after three as a precaution.

At one point during Sunday's session, Maddux asked Feliz how he was feeling.

"No problem with that?" said Maddux, pointing to Feliz's shoulder. Feliz shook his head and continued pitching.

Feliz will likely throw 65 to 70 pitches in Tuesday's start and then build up to roughly 85 pitches in his final spring start, likely on Sunday in the Rangers' final game in Arizona before heading home. That would put Feliz on schedule to throw up to 100 pitches in his first regular season start.