Rangers honor radio voice Eric Nadel

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are honoring their radio voice, Eric Nadel, in a pregame ceremony Saturday. Nadel is this year’s recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence.

The presentation features video tributes and remarks from Brad Sham, a former partner and longtime Dallas Cowboys broadcaster. John Rhadigan of Fox Sports Southwest in the emcee.

Nadel, 63, began his association with the Rangers in 1979 and in 2006 announced he had signed a lifetime contract with the club, allowing him to remain on the broadcast team until he chooses to retire.

In recognition, the Rangers are presenting the first 15,000 fans to tonight's game Eric Nadel bobbleheads, complete with a recording of his call of the play that sent the Rangers to their first World Series.

Fox Sports Southwest will televise a 30-minute special honoring Nadel at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

More moves: Left-handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend is the latest to catch the shuttle from Triple-A Round Rock to Arlington. In 19 starts with Round Rock, Feierabend posted an 8-5 record with a 4.54 ERA in 113 innings with a 26/67 walk to strikeout ratio.

Left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda was optioned to Round Rock to make room for Feierabend on the 25-man roster. Feierabend, 28, was a third round draft choice of the Mariners in 2003. He made it to the big club for parts of the three seasons from 2006-2008. In 2009, he underwent Tommy John surgery. The Rangers signed him to a minor league contract prior to last season.

“I’ve got butterflies now," Feierabend said in the Rangers clubhouse. “But I’m excited. As a player you always hope you get that chance."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said the Rangers will not make a decision on a starting pitcher for Sunday’s game until after tonight’s game. Feierabend and Scott Baker are the leading candidates.

Class act: Washington revealed that Colby Lewis volunteered to go to the bullpen if he was needed leading up to the All-Star break.

“That’s a class act," Washington said. “That’s being a great teammate."

Lewis, the Rangers' starter on Thursday, had an outing that many pitchers, as Washington put it, would run away and hide from. But after allowing 13 runs on 13 hits, Lewis was back in the dugout for the final innings.

“It’s a lesson to a lot of young kids," Washington said.

Time to regroup: It is Washington’s opinion that the All-Star break could be helpful for veterans Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, Alex Rios and Leonys Martin.

“Choo, with his competitive spirit, it might do him some good to get away," Washington said. “It should help Elvis, Rios and Martin, too. [Adrian] Beltre, he doesn’t get mentally taxed"

As for the younger players, “they don’t know what’s going on," he said.

Jake is back: Outfielder Jake Smolinski starts in left field tonight. Smolinski was hit on his left elbow by a Garrett Richards pitch in the second inning Friday and Washington took the decision out of Smolinski’s hands by removing him. The manager said he wanted Smolinski to get treatment immediately for his hot-hitting rookie so he would be ready for tonight’s game.

Rehab update: Rangers first baseman/outfielder Jim Adduci is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco tonight. ... The club put on hold for a week the rehab assignment for outfielder Engel Beltre while they work with him to improve his first-step quickness. He’s had a problem getting a jump as a base-runner and getting out of the batter’s box, Washington said.