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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher | #30

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Neftali Feliz (arm) is almost certainly done for the 2016 season.
No surprise here. Feliz was just recently cleared to throw off of flat ground as he continues to rehab from a bout of right arm discomfort. With mere days remaining in the regular season, a return to the major league mound would have been miraculous. The 28-year-old right-hander finishes out the 2016 season holding a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 frames. Sep 28 - 6:46 PM

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Neftali Feliz (arm) has been cleared to throw off of flat ground.

Feliz sought a second opinion from Dr. James Bradley and has now received the green light for flat ground work. Right arm discomfort pushed him to the sidelines in early September. There is still no timetable for his return.
Sep 21 - 6:43 PM

Neftali Feliz (arm) played catch on Friday.

So did A.J. Schugel (upper arm/shoulder). Feliz has been sidelined with right arm discomfort since last week. The right-hander leads the Pirates with 30 holds and carries an impressive 10.23 K/9 over 62 relief outings this season. The Bucs haven't established a timetable for his return.
Sep 10 - 5:45 PM

Neftali Feliz (arm) is likely to remain unavailable through the weekend.

Feliz was scheduled to play catch on Tuesday but didn't feel strong enough to do that. He's been sidelined since last weekend due to a muscular issue in his right arm. It's not believed to be related to anything structural in his shoulder or elbow, which is good.
Sep 8 - 9:29 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hears from a source that Neftali Feliz did not suffer an injury to his elbow or shoulder and is expected to pitch again this season.

Feliz was forced to exit Saturday's game against the Brewers with what was termed as right arm discomfort. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that the issue is "more muscular than connective tissue," but either way, it doesn't sound overly serious. It's a minor piece of good news for a team which could really use it right now.
Sep 6 - 3:44 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Neftali Feliz's arm issue "is more muscular than connective tissue."

Feliz has dealt with a problem with his pitching arm for a bit now and had to be pulled from an appearance Saturday when it flared up on him. It doesn't sound like a long-term concern, but it's unclear when he might be available to pitch.
Sep 4 - 1:03 PM

Neftali Feliz left Saturday's game against the Brewers with right arm discomfort.

Feliz was helped off by a trainer after allowing hits to two of the three batters he faced. Felipe Rivero allowed both inherited runners to score. Until the Pirates provide an update on his status, consider Feliz day-to-day.
Sep 3 - 10:42 PM

Neftali Feliz recorded his first save of the season in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

Mark Melancon was unavailable after pitching each of the previous three days. Juan Nicasio began the ninth inning after a perfect eighth but was pulled after issuing a one-out walk. Feliz gave up an RBI double and walked a batter but closed it out when Matt Holliday flied out to end it. He's unscored upon in his last nine appearances and boasts a 2.84 ERA with over a strikeout per inning.
Jul 4 - 7:02 PM

Neftali Feliz worked a perfect inning on Thursday and has allowed one run in four innings this spring.

The Pirates were disappointingly cheap over the winter, but they did invest $3.9 million on a bounce-back season from Feliz, even though they're set in the eighth and ninth innings with Tony Watson and Mark Melancon. Feliz is probably going to get the seventh over Jared Hughes and Arquimedes Caminero is he remains strong.
Mar 10 - 4:04 PM

Pirates signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier in the day Wednesday and it has now been made official. Feliz was non-tendered by the Tigers in November after posting a rough 6.38 ERA and 39/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings last season. Pittsburgh will take a chance on getting him back on track, and Bucs pitching coach Ray Searage is the right man for that job. Feliz still has the velocity. There's hope here.
Jan 6 - 1:54 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Pirates and free agent reliever Neftali Feliz have agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

Feliz struggled to the tune of a 6.38 ERA over 48 appearances between the Rangers and Tigers last season, but his secondary numbers weren't terrible and he saw an encouraging boost in velocity. It's a worthwhile gamble for Pittsburgh.
Jan 6 - 12:10 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that initial interest in Neftali Feliz is "strong."

Feliz was non-tendered by the Tigers last week, as they didn't want to pay him the roughly $5 million he was slated to make in arbitration. However, the reliever shouldn't have trouble finding someone willing to gamble on him despite a 6.38 ERA and 39/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings in 2015. Feliz is expected to get a guaranteed contract.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:04:00 PM

Tigers non-tendered RHP Neftali Feliz.

It's not a big surprise, as Feliz made $4.125 million in 2015 while posting a 6.38 ERA and 39/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings between Texas and Detroit. The former American League Rookie of the Year Award winner was simply not worth the raise he would have seen in his final year of arbitration. He is now a free agent.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 03:23:00 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that the club hasn't decided whether it will tender Neftali Feliz a contract.

It seems unlikely that they will. Feliz posted a 6.38 ERA over 48 appearances for the Rangers and Tigers (including a 7.62 mark with Detroit) in 2015 and is projected by to make $5.2 million in his final year of arbitration. If the Tigers do decide to bring him back, they seem likely to non-tender him and then sign him to a smaller deal.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 07:27:00 PM

Neftali Feliz recorded the final two outs of Monday's 7-4 victory versus the Rangers to pick up his 10th save.

Feliz entered with the bases loaded and one out, and allowed two of the inherited runners to score on a Prince Fielder single. However, he ended the game by inducing a 6-4-3 double play out of Adrian Beltre. Since joining the Tigers, Feliz is 4-for-7 in save situations with a 7.16 ERA and a 23/7 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 11:55:00 PM

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Relief Pitcher
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2Neftali Feliz
3Felipe Rivero
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