SEATTLE -- Neftali Feliz will be shut down for at least a month because of inflammation in his right elbow, the Texas Rangers said Monday while putting their closer-turned-starter on the 15-day disabled list. Peyton Hillis Jersey
. The AL West leaders made the move three days after wildness cut short Felizs latest outing in the fifth inning. Just how long Feliz will be out will be determined when the Rangers see how a ligament in his elbow responds to four weeks without picking up a baseball. He will then be re-examined by Dr. Keith Meister. "Keith is one of the best and if he feels like rest and medication can help him, thats encouraging to hear," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said after arriving in Seattle. "You dont like any of the guys to miss any amount of time but it beats the alternative." The Rangers recalled right-handed reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock. Its the latest Texas had gone into any season before making a roster move -- the previous mark was May 10, 1976, when Ken Pape came up from the minors a day after John Ellis broke an ankle. Right-hander Scott Feldman will take Felizs spot in the rotation for Wednesdays series finale against Seattle. Feldman has made two spot starts, including one to give Feliz extra rest. How the two-time AL champions go forward will be re-evaluated after Feldman throws. One option could be reliever Alexi Ogando, who made 29 starts last season for the Rangers before transitioning back to the bullpen this season. Outside of the organization, the Rangers have taken a look at free agent Roy Oswalt. On his radio show in Dallas on Monday, Rangers president Nolan Ryan acknowledged the team had a private workout recently at Oswalts home in Mississippi and would consider signing the free agent right-hander. Oswalt has the Rangers on a short list of teams he would consider, but wants to be a starter. "Well take a look at that and see what happens," Ryan said. In Texas 4-1 win Friday at Houston, Feliz threw 51 balls among 100 pitches and was pulled by manager Ron Washington after 4 2-3 innings. Daniels said Feliz experienced soreness following his start on May 13 against the Los Angeles Angels. Initially Feliz believed it was regular soreness following a start and didnt tell trainers. When he woke up Saturday in Houston with a sore elbow, Feliz told trainers and he was immediately sent back to Dallas for additional examination. "Coming out of this one he noticed it wasnt going away and said something," Daniels said. The 24-year-old is in his first season as a major league starter after he saved 72 games in two years as the Rangers closer. He is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA. He has 23 walks and 37 strikeouts in 42 2-3 innings. Not long after Feliz blew a save when the Rangers were one strike away from winning the World Series last fall, the Rangers said they planned to move him to the rotation. He had been a starter in the minors. Feliz threw seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Seattle in his debut but has since been uneven. Hes walked at least four batters in three starts, including a season-high six when he blew a 5-0 lead in an 8-7 loss at Toronto. "Weve just got to get him well," Washington said. "We were looking forward to him taking the ball throughout the whole year but I think what happened you cant do anything about. Now the key is to get healthy." Tateyama started the season on the DL and was optioned to Round Rock when he was activated April 13. Hes 1-0 with a 0.54 ERA and a save in 12 outings. He was 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 39 relief appearances for the Rangers last season. Matt Schaub Jersey
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. The Breakaway Challenge event, where players are asked to dip into their bag of tricks and are judged by a panel for their score, didnt produce quite the number of jaw-dropping goals fans had hoped but Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals impressed by trying a few difficult moves that won him the event. COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- For one half, the Colorado Rapids appeared listless. The Rapids were behind 2-0 and seemed headed for their third loss in four games. "We werent able to start the way we wanted," defender Tyrone Marshall said. "We were coming off a game last Wednesday really fatigued, but figured if we kept plugging away, we would have a chance." Marshall did just that, scoring early in the second half, and Kosuke Kimura added a goal in the 60th minute to give the Rapids a 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night. "This game was huge for us," Colorado coach Oscar Pareja said. "It really showed the character of this team." Teal Bunbury scored twice for Kansas City (7-3-1) for his third career two-goal game. Colorado is 5-6-1 overall and 1-2-1 in its last four games. The Rapids played without Omar Cummings, who missed his third game because if a sprained left ankle. Sporting, winless in Colorado since 2004, is 0-3-1 in its last four games. The teams played to 1-1 ties in their three previous regular-season meetings. "I dont know if I can be satisfied with a point," Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen said. "When you have a 2-0 lead at half, you better have a better result." Marshall cut Kansas Citys lead to 2-1 in the 52nd minute with his first goal of the season. Marshall pushed a header past Nielsen after receiving a deep pass from Martin Rivero. "That was key for us," said Marshall of his first goal of the season. "It gave us the spark we needed." Kimuura tied it at 2 in the 60th minute, also with his first goal of the season. Darrelle Revis Jersey
. Nielsen blocked Jeff Larentowiczs free kick, but Conor Casey outhustled the defence to set up Kimuras shot from in front of the crease. "Who knows what is going to happen when you keep pressing after the ball," Kimura said. "I was standing there hoping the ball would come to me and it was freaky when it did." Fans were still entering the stadium when Seth Sinovic sent a pass to the front of the crease, and Bunbury knocked a header past goalkeeper Matt Pickens right shoulder 69 seconds into the game for his first goal of the season. The Rapids missed a chance to tie it in the 13th minute when Casey broke in alone on Nielsen. Casey let go a shoulder high that Nielsen caught with both hands. One minute later, Kansas City caught a break on Matt Beslers two-handed throw in from the west sideline. The ball was batted away, but right to Bunbury, who put the ball into the untended part of the net to make it 2-0 in the 14th minute. Casey produced a scoring chance in the 19th minute after running down a loose ball to the left of Nielsen. Casey got off a shot from a severe angle that Nielsen grabbed. Neither team threatened the rest of the half. Kansas City seemed content to allow the Rapids to control the ball inside Sportings side of the field without giving up a shot. "What we didnt want to do is sit back (after the half)," Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. "We knew they were going to come with everything they had." ' ' '