Rangers notes: Hernia surgery for Adams; Hamilton's father-in-law to fill role

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Yu Darvish has dominated the Texas Rangers' off-season planning the past three weeks, but especially earlier this week when he was in town for a sneak peek at what his future could be.

But general manager Jon Daniels and the front-office staff of the two-time American League champions have done some housekeeping ahead of spring training.

Daniels broke news Thursday -- ranging from significant to standard operating procedure -- in a conference call with local beat writers. Mike Adams, Josh Hamilton and Neftali Feliz were part of the rundown.

Adams undergoes surgery: The right-handed reliever, acquired July 31 for two Double A prospects, had surgery Wednesday to repair a hernia that had been bothering him for about three weeks.

Daniels said that Adams likely won't be 100 percent when pitchers and catchers report for spring training Feb. 22, but should be fine Opening Day, April 6.

Had the injury been suffered during the season, Adams likely would not have had an operation.

"Given that we still have six weeks before spring training, he elected to get it fixed," Daniels said. "It's a minor enough procedure where it should not impact his season."

Hamilton's father-in-law hired: Seeking a replacement for Johnny Narron to help support Hamilton, the Rangers hired Hamilton's father-in-law as a special staff assistant.

Michael Dean Chadwick will travel with the club and be close to Hamilton as he continues to fight the temptation of drugs and alcohol. Chadwick is the father of Hamilton's wife, Katie, and was their first candidate to replace Narron.

"I think we're all a lot more comfortable where Josh is today, including Josh and Katie," Daniels said. "There was a little bit more unknown when he was traded. We look at this more as it's a support position more than a necessity."

Pitching camp returns: Feliz will be one of 15 pitchers, most of them minor leaguers, to participate in a minicamp Jan. 17-20 at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rangers want a progress report from Feliz, who is transitioning from closer to the rotation.

"We want to see where he's at," Daniels said. "He's started his off-season program. He hasn't started in 2 1/2 years, so it's an opportunity to talk to some of our guys."

There will be nine coaches and front-office members to evaluate him, including Greg Maddux. The four-time Cy Young winner was hired in late November to be a special assistant to the GM.

Alexi Ogando will also participate, as will top prospects Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross.

New deals: While the Rangers and catcher Mike Napoli have agreed to stop talking about a long-term extension, Daniels wouldn't rule out talks picking up again. He also said the club remains in contact with a few others about new contracts.

"The conversation was amicable and good-natured, and both sides can reopen it if anyone wants to do so," Daniels said.

The Rangers have talked this off-season with second baseman Ian Kinsler and left-hander Derek Holland, among others, about new contracts.

Briefly

The Rangers dealt first baseman Chad Tracy to Colorado for right-hander Greg Reynolds in an exchange of Triple A players. The trade unites Tracy with his father, Jim, the Rockies' manager.

The annual Winter Caravan kicks off Wednesday in Arlington and will include more than 50 appearances across Texas and Oklahoma. Rangers players, coaches, executives, alumni and broadcasters will participate in events, 14 of which will take place at Academy Sports and Outdoors locations.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

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