March 20, 2012; Mesa, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz (30) tosses the ball to first base for the out against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning at HoHoKam Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
Here's some news, notes, and analysis from around the AL West:
- Angels pitcher Jerome Williams wants the club to remember he's still here. Williams, 30, hasn't pitched since March 2. In 2011 Williams had a 3.68 ERA in 10 games, 6 of which were starts. However, rookie Garrett Richards seems to have locked up the 5th spot in the rotation after a strong spring. The Angels don't need a 5th starter until April 15, so Williams could force his name into the conversation by then.
- Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz is not worried about the shoulder tightness he experienced on Tuesday. He came out of Tuesday's start against the Cubs when he felt some tightness in his shoulder, but says he's ok after two days of treatment. Feliz threw long toss on Thursday and expects to throw a bullpen session tomorrow. If all goes well, Feliz may start on Monday against the Reds.
- Fangraph's Carson Cistulli examines the Oakland Athletics' third base position battle. He wonders if the A's really need to choose one starting third basmen. Instead of attempting to pull a third basemen out of thin air after Scott Sizemore's ACL injury, Cistulli suggests the A's platoon Josh Donaldson and Eric Sogard to create one competent player.
- Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reveals the Seattle Mariners' Opening Day roster. The 30-man roster will travel to Tokyo, Japan to open the major league season against the Oakland Athletics.