A day after Neftali Feliz blew a save for the third time in his last four opportunities, manager Ron Washington wanted to make something so clear he didn't even wait to be directly asked about his closer's status.

"We're not going to replace Neftali Feliz," Washington said.

The Rangers maintain there is nothing physically wrong with Feliz, but they did address his reliance on the fastball between the ninth and 10th innings Friday.

Feliz threw 14 consecutive fastballs to start the ninth, extending a stretch in which he threw fastballs on 71 of 73 pitches over four games. Washington said the situation was addressed by pitching coach Mike Maddux but said there was no "reprimand or anything like that."

"We talked about it, and that's what they thought needed to be done, so I said to [catcher Yorvit Torrealba], 'Let's go with that that.' I was making good pitches and not getting good results," Feliz said.

Feliz has never relied on the fastball like he has this season. According to fangraphs.com, which tracks pitch types, Feliz is throwing his fastball 84.5 percent of the time this season.

In his two previous seasons, Feliz averaged fastball usage 70 and 82.8 percent of the time. Only four AL pitchers with at least 15 innings this season have thrown a higher percentage of fastballs. At the top of the list is Chicago's Matt Thornton (87.0), who has lost the job as the White Sox's closer.