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Rangers notes: Small heel fracture will keep Rua out at least a month

Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua will most likely miss at least a month with a right ankle sprain and small fracture in his right heel sustained in a game Friday against the Astros.
Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua will most likely miss at least a month with a right ankle sprain and small fracture in his right heel sustained in a game Friday against the Astros. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua has a small fracture in his right heel to go along with the ankle sprain that took him out of Friday’s game.

He was evaluated by foot specialist Dr. John Crates. Rua will wear a protective boot on his right foot for three weeks. It’s likely to be a month before he’s able to play again.

Rua, a rookie, who was named the Rangers’ starting left fielder at the end of camp, was hitting in .235 in the first five games but had gone 3-for-5 in his last full game before the injury.

“It’s swollen pretty good but we’re doing treatment on it four or five times a day trying to get the swelling down a little bit,” Rua said. “I don’t think we’ll know for another week. I don’t think we have a time line yet. It’s gotten better each day.”

Jake Smolinski and Carlos Peguero will get most of the starts in left while Rua is out. Delino DeShields is also an option. He started in left on Sunday. Peguero started Monday’s game in left. Manager Jeff Banister said it was too early whether to decide if he’ll use a platoon system while Rua is out.

“We’re still trying to give both of them opportunities,” he said.

Bonilla’s season done

Right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla will have Tommy John surgery on Friday. Bonilla has been sidelined since the last week of spring camp when he left his last start after allowing seven runs and recording just one out. It was announced at the time that he was suffering from a right elbow impingement.

Scheppers feels ready

Tanner Scheppers has done the work, now he’s just waiting on word. The Rangers are likely to activate him on Wednesday but as of Monday afternoon Banister wasn’t ready to commit. Scheppers has been working to build up his arm strength after an ankle injury slowed him down during spring training.

“Yes, I think I’m ready to go. I got my work in, I feel good and I trust my stuff,” Scheppers said. “I feel like I’ve done everything necessary.”

Scheppers threw three times in a four-game span with Double A Frisco and threw in back-to-back days on Saturday and Sunday.

“Let’s see how he feels,” Banister said. “Let the medical people see exactly where he is and how he feels and we’ll go from there. We like what we’ve seen. As long as [his ankle] shows up healthy, he will be ready to go.”

Feliz unfazed

Neftali Feliz threw for the third consecutive day Sunday for the first time since doing it at Seattle in July 2011.

“The way I prepared in the off-season is something to make things like this happen,” Feliz said.

Feliz has allowed two runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings. His velocity has remained in the low 90s. He expects his velocity to increase as he pitches more innings.

“I’m not really focused on my velocity. It’s the beginning of the season so they want me to be there every day and keep my composure,” he said. “My body will let me know if I can do it.”

Key stat

11 Rangers batters hit by pitches through seven games, the most in at least 100 years. Four Rangers were hit by a pitch in Sunday’s 14-inning game with the Astros to tie a club single-game record (eighth time, including the most recent on Aug. 24, 2013 at the White Sox). Rougned Odor was tied for the major league lead with four HBPs before Monday’s games.

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