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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Neftali Feliz is expected to take over as the Rangers' closer in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade.
Soria was dealt to the Tigers on Wednesday night for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Feliz is still working to regain his dominant raw stuff, but he owns a cool 2.61 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings of relief since rejoining the Rangers' active roster on July 4. The 26-year-old right-hander needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues even though his save opportunities may be few and far between for a Rangers team that has clearly mailed it in. Jul 24 - 10:28 AM

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Rangers recalled RHP Neftali Feliz from Triple-A Round Rock.

Feliz has spent all season at Round Rock and has pitched very well of late, going eight appearances without allowing a run. The former closer has put up a 3.14 ERA and 31/8 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings overall. The Rangers figure to ease him back into high-leverage situations, but Feliz should be pitching in a setup role ahead of Joakim Soria before long.
Jul 4 - 3:50 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that Neftali Feliz has become a candidate for a promotion "if a need arises."

Feliz has had his ups and downs in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, but he's allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings lately at Triple-A Round Rock. He holds a 3.51 ERA and 27/8 K/BB ratio across 25 2/3 frames overall.
Jun 27 - 12:12 PM

Neftali Feliz has delivered back-to-back scoreless appearances with Triple-A Round Rock.

Feliz was a bit shaky after returning from arm fatigue in mid-May, but he has begun to turn things around recently, sitting in the 92-96 mph range with his fastball. The 26-year-old could be an option for the Rangers' bullpen soon if he keeps it up.
Jun 3 - 9:28 AM

Neftali Feliz (arm) is likely to be activated with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

Feliz has not pitched in a game since April 16 due to fatigue in his throwing arm, but he's feeling better now. He allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings prior to being placed on the Triple-A disabled list, but has had troubling maintaining velocity. He's still trying to get back to 100 percent following his 2012 Tommy John surgery.
May 12 - 4:02 PM

Neftali Feliz (arm) is close to throwing a live batting practice session.

Feliz has been out since April 16 with fatigue in his pitching arm, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that the righty is over the issue. He should be back in Triple-A Round Rock's bullpen before long.
May 8 - 8:46 PM

Neftali Feliz (arm) is expected to throw a bullpen session by the end of the week.

Feliz has been shut down for over a week due to "general soreness and fatigue," but he's ready to test things out again. Even if the bullpen session goes well, the reliever isn't expected to appear in a game at Triple-A Round Rock for at least another week.
May 2 - 9:53 AM

Neftali Feliz (arm) is pain-free and close to resuming a throwing program.

However, he's still 10-14 days away from pitching in a game, which means the "general soreness and fatigue" in Feliz's arm will wind up costing him about a month of action. Feliz allowed one run over 5 2/3 relief innings at Triple-A Round Rock before going on the DL.
Apr 29 - 8:02 PM

Neftali Feliz has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock with arm inflammation.

Feliz was checked out by a specialist on Thursday and does not have any major structural damage. The Rangers will continue to treat the 25-year-old with care.
Apr 24 - 3:59 PM

Neftali Feliz is no longer with Triple-A Round Rock due to general soreness and fatigue.

The Rangers insist that Feliz isn't injured, but rather he's simply having a tough time recovering from appearances. He's currently working out with the Rangers and it's unclear when he'll return. "He didn’t have a lot of down time this winter while trying to come back from the surgery and I think he’s just got some general soreness," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "He was examined and there was no physical issue. We’re just trying to be responsible and deal with this on the front end rather than let it become an issue."
Apr 23 - 2:52 PM

Scott Lucas of the Newberg Report reports that Neftali Feliz was clocked at 94-96 mph while striking out the side in an appearance for Triple-A Round Rock Friday.

It's a very encouraging development for the reliever, as Feliz was sitting mostly in the low-90s during spring training. A few more outings like this and he should rejoin the Rangers' bullpen before long, though he might do so in a low-leverage role initially.
Apr 4 - 3:06 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Neftali Feliz to Triple-A Round Rock; reassigned LHPs Aaron Poreda and Rafael Perez to minor league camp.

Feliz has struggled with his velocity this spring and the move felt increasingly inevitable after the Rangers chose Joakim Soria for the closer role over the weekend. The hope is that he'll regain some arm strength in the minors and rejoin the Rangers' bullpen soon.
Mar 25 - 3:29 PM

Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated Saturday that Neftali Feliz is "competing for a spot" in the Rangers bullpen.

That would seem to point to Joakim Soria opening the season as the Rangers closer. Feliz has seen his command and velocity fluctuate during Cactus League play, posting a 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 4/1 K/BB ratio in eight innings. He's likely to work in a setup capacity if Soria indeed is named the closer.
Mar 22 - 1:24 PM

Neftali Feliz struck out a pair in a perfect inning against the White Sox on Sunday.

Feliz reportedly hit as high as 95 mph on the stadium radar gun in the impressive showing. He worked the eighth inning in this one, with Joakim Soria following him with a perfect inning of his own in the ninth. At this point, Soria appears to be the slight favorite for save chances in Texas.
Mar 16 - 10:09 PM

Rangers manager Ron Washington said after Neftali Feliz's appearance Thursday that the reliever is "still trying to get the velocity back."

Feliz was throwing a touch harder than he had been, sitting mostly in the 93-94 mph range. However, that's still a far cry from the mid- to upper-90s he was at prior to Tommy John surgery. "Once again, it was the same," Washington said. "He’s still trying to get the velocity back. The more he throws, the stronger he will get." Unless Feliz can rediscover his velocity in a hurry, Joakim Soria is looking like the better bet at this point to close for the Rangers. Soria needed just 12 pitches to strike out a pair over a scoreless inning Thursday and has been unscored upon in four appearances this spring.
Mar 14 - 9:00 AM

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S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Nick Tepesch
6Scott Baker
7Nick Martinez
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Relief Pitcher
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Alexi Ogando
4Neal Cotts
5Tanner Scheppers
6Ryan Feierabend
7Nate Adcock
8Roman Mendez
9Joseph Ortiz
10Pedro Figueroa