Rangers notes: Team will get boost from inside the organization, not trades

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Jon Daniels doesn’t foresee any more outside acquisitions for the Texas Rangers.

The waiver trade deadline is Saturday and postseason eligibility lists are due at 10:59 p.m., but Daniels is content with the group of players already in the organization.

“Something could always pop up, but I don’t expect that,” Daniels said.

The Rangers will still get plenty of help for the final month, just from the inside. Rosters expand Sunday and there are several pitchers on the disabled list expected to be activated.

Right-handers Nick Tepesch and Neftali Feliz, as well as left-hander Michael Kirkman, are all on track to return to the big leagues. Tepesch and Kirkman started for Double A Frisco and Triple A Round Rock on Friday, respectively, and Feliz won’t make another rehab appearance before returning.

Feliz has not allowed a run in 82/3 innings over six appearances with the Express, and Daniels said the reports have been positive.

“Everything you want to see,” Daniels said. “Command, changeup, velocity … everything has ticked up. It sounds like he has made a concerted effort to pitch and not light up the radar gun.”

Right-hander Alexi Ogando is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday and, if that goes well, he could make a rehab start with Frisco or Round Rock on Monday before being activated.

Until Ogando returns, the Rangers will go with left-hander Travis Blackley as their fifth starter.

Finishing strong

Lance Berkman wasted little time assessing his season.

“There’s no doubt it’s been disappointing,” said Berkman, who has been on the disabled list since July 7 and will be activated on Sunday.

“But we’ve got a month left, and hopefully the playoffs, so something good may yet happen.”

Berkman started the season as the Rangers’ three-hole batter and posted a .319 batting average in April. But the 37-year-old steadily declined battling health issues and had seen his average drop to .254 when he went on the DL.

Berkman’s role is to be determined when he returns, although it will be more limited than it’s been in the past. Manager Ron Washington said Berkman would occasionally serve as the designated hitter and as a bat off the bench.

“He’s got experience, he’ll figure it out,” Washington said. “He can go up there and get a base hit.”

Briefly

• Traffic will peak Saturday night with the Rangers playing a home game at 7:05 p.m., and TCU and LSU are set to kick off an hour later in a marquee college football game across the street at Cowboys Stadium. Therefore, the Rangers will open all of their lots at 3 p.m. and fans will be asked to show their Rangers’ game tickets to enter all cash lots.

• The Rangers recalled left-hander Joseph Ortiz from Triple A Round Rock and optioned long reliever Ross Wolf on Friday. The move was made to give the Rangers another left-hander in the bullpen against the left-handed heavy Twins lineup.

• Saturday’s starter Matt Garza has gone 2-2 with a 5.50 ERA over his last five starts, allowing at least four runs in all of them. Said Ron Washington: “He can pitch. He’s going to get it together. For the most part, I thought he kept us in ballgames and that’s what we want.”

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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