ARLINGTON -- Another potential free agent came off the board this weekend when the D-backs signed catcher Miguel Montero to a five year, $60 million contract.With Yadier Molina signing a five-year contract for $75 million this spring, that's two potential free-agent catchers off the market. Right now, the top catchers who will be eligible for free agency are Mike Napoli, Russell Martin, A.J. Pierzynski and Yorvit Torrealba. The Braves have an option on Brian McCann and the Phillies have one on Carlos Ruiz that are both expected to be exercised. "Right now, I view it as I'm playing every day," Napoli said. "I'm not worried about it. If the Rangers and my agent want to talk that's fine, but there is nothing going on right now." The question is how many teams will be actively looking for catching in the offseason and if they'll be willing to spend a significant amount of money in the free-agent market. "There are not going to be too many free-agent catchers, but the bottom line is I want to stay here," Napoli said. "If things don't work out, I'll test the market. But I want to stay here and be a part of this organization. It's a great place to play."
Ailing Hamilton back in lineup for finale
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was back in the lineup on Sunday even though he is still experiencing the effects of a head cold. The problem has persisted for the past few days, but it didn't keep Hamilton from hitting a walk-off home run in the 13th inning of the Rangers' 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday."I feel halfway decent, until you start running around," Hamilton said. "I feel the same way I felt before the game yesterday. I'm taking everything you can take, that's legal, of course. I'm loaded up. It's the chest up that doesn't come around until I start running around. Then I start coughing." Hamilton was also bracing for another game with temperatures pushing into the 90s. "If you're healthy, then you don't think about it," Hamilton said. "It hadn't got hot enough to affect you yet. And we've got plenty of ways in the dugout to help us. We've got cooling towels and air-conditioning underneath that help us." Mike Napoli was also back in the lineup after missing two games with an upset stomach. But he was able to play the final four innings on Saturday afternoon after entering the game as a pinch-hitter.
Relief corps in good shape after 13-inning game
ARLINGTON -- The Blue Jays had to make two roster moves after Saturday's 13-inning game to reinforce their bullpen. They called up right-handed relievers Jesse Chavez and Chad Beck from Triple-A while infielder Yan Gomes was sent down and reliever Ryota Igarashi was designated for assignment.The Rangers went into Sunday's game with their bullpen intact although they are hoping to stay away from Robbie Ross and Koji Uehara. Ross threw 40 pitches on Saturday while Uehara pitched two innings. He threw only 22 pitches. "I think we're still good, other than maybe Koji or Robbie," reliever Mike Adams said. "They're the only ones that pitched multiple innings. Everybody's still good to go today and we still have a deep bullpen." Rangers relievers went into Sunday's game with a combined 2.03 ERA while holding opponents to a .195 batting average. "The depth of our bullpen is unbelievable," Adams said. "Guys are throwing in situations where if they were on other ballclubs, they'd be setting up or closing. If you look at our bullpen, we legitimately have four or five guys that could be late-inning guys on other teams. That just adds to what this bullpen can do."
Ogando stays in 'pen, sustains bruised hand
ARLINGTON -- Alexi Ogando, who still wants to be a starter, is willing to remain in the bullpen while Neftali Feliz recovers from a sprained right elbow.
But Ogando will have to get healthy himself after he left in the eighth inning of Sunday's 12-6 win over the Blue Jays with a bruised right hand. With two outs in the inning, Brett Lawrie lined a ball off Ogando, who recovered in time to throw Lawrie out at first base.
Ogando is listed as day to day. Feliz went on the disabled list last week and will be sidelined until at least the All-Star break."I know I'm good help in the bullpen," said Ogando, who allowed a homer Sunday and has given up a run in four of his last five outings. "I know I can do the job, but I still want to be a starter. I know I can do both. But it's not what I want, it's what they want to do. Whatever they want me to do, I will do it." Right now, the Rangers want Ogando in the bullpen. Scott Feldman, who is 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA in three spot starts this season, is scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Mariners. He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday in Seattle. He walked five while struggling with his command. To help rectify that, Feldman threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday afternoon. "I wasn't trying to figure anything out, I was trying to get some work in and see some hitters," Feldman said. "That's what we do in Spring Training when we're getting ready for the season. It has been awhile since I've had regular work." The Rangers have not committed to anything beyond Feldman making the next start and they still have some interest in free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt. Like Ogando, Oswalt is not considered an immediate replacement because he has yet to face hitters or pitch in any kind of a game this season.
Rangers to get another look at Halos' Wilson
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will get another shot at former teammate C.J. Wilson this coming weekend in Anaheim.The Angels are lined up to pitch Jerome Williams, Wilson and Jered Weaver during the three-game series that starts on Friday in Anaheim. That will be their rotation as long as manager Mike Scioscia doesn't use a day off on Thursday to skip Williams in their rotation. Williams is the Angels' fifth starter, but he is also 5-2 with a 3.81 ERA in eight starts and one relief appearance. He earned his fifth victory in a 5-3 win over Seattle on Saturday. Wilson was scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Mariners. The Angels then have a three-game series against the Yankees in Anaheim with Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana scheduled to pitch. Wilson pitched against the Rangers on May 12 and allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He was not involved in the decision in the Angels' 4-2 victory. He had started the night before as well, allowing four runs in one-third of an inning but did not return after a lengthy rain delay.
The Rangers have promoted reliever Johan Yan to Triple-A Round Rock. He had a 2.00 ERA with Double-A Frisco. Right-handed pitcher Zach Osborne, who had a 0.75 ERA at Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach, replaced him at Frisco. Osborne was a ninth-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Outfielder Ryan Strausborger has been placed on the disabled list at Round Rock with a strained oblique muscle. The Rangers had three straight home runs from their bottom three hitters on Saturday afternoon. Nelson Cruz, Yorvit Torrealba and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning. That's only the fifth time in 10 years that a Major League team has had three straight home runs from the bottom third of its order.
The Rangers have three of those five. Moreland, Mike Napoli and Endy Chavez did so last year and Laynce Nix, Rod Barajas and Adrian Gonzalez did so in 2004.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Associate reporter Christian Corona contributed. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.