Happy Friday, everyone:
● Michael Kirkman and Julio Borbon starred in last night's split-squad game against the Reds.
● Neftali Feliz says that he's unconcerned about his shoulder, which has improved to the extent that he was able to throw long toss yesterday without incident, and it appears that we're on the verge of putting this brief scare behind us.
● Colby Lewis was rocked in yesterday's split-squad affair against the Cubs, but that hasn't prevented Gil LeBreton and Rick Gosselin from each penning articles extolling Lewis's steady presence and leadership.
● Kevin Sherrington ponders whether the Derek Holland contract really sets up to furnish Texas much of a discount, and says that just nine months ago (or late June 2011), he was speaking to people high up in the Rangers organization who felt he was destined to be nothing more than a journeyman-type pitcher.
● Evan Grant says that Neftali Feliz's next start could be of the minor league variety, in order to allow him to pitch in a more controlled environment, and notes that nobody is really stepping up and claiming the three vacancies in the Rangers' bullpen, with Koji Uehara's continued struggles adding to the murkiness of the situation.
● Over at The Hardball Times, Vince Caramela tackles a five-pack of Rangers questions.
● Josh Hamilton says that he's physically preparing himself to play center field whenever needed, and T.R. Sullivan notes that "the possibility exists" that both Craig Gentry and Julio Borbon will make the Opening Day roster. The Rangers have submitted all of their documentation to Major League Baseball with respect to the league's ongoing Jairo Beras investigation, but there's no word on the timetable for a decision. Anthony Andro writes about the unveiling of the Rangers' new $26 hot dog.