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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rangers placed RHP Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled list with an axillary abscess on his right side.
That doesn't sound very fun. Feliz was dumped from the Rangers' ninth-inning role in mid-May and Shawn Tolleson has handled the club's last three save opportunities with relative ease. Tolleson, who boasts a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this season, is clearly the guy to own now from the Texas bullpen. There is no timetable for Neftali's return to action. May 25 - 1:52 PM

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Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Sunday that there are currently no roles in the team's bullpen.

That means that Neftali Feliz isn't secure as the team's closer, and anyone could emerge in high-leverage situations. Feliz has struggled thus far, posting a 5.51 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 15/7 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. One name to watch here could be hard-throwing right-hander Keone Kela, though he sports a troublesome 1.47 WHIP as well.
May 17 - 9:01 PM

After giving up a run in a tie game Tuesday, Neftali Feliz bounced back Wednesday by picking up his sixth save in eight chances.

Feliz hasn't been very good at all with his 4.11 ERA and 1.63 WHIP, but the Rangers aren't going to be quick to pull him from the closer's role even if he does blow a couple of saves in a row. He's their man, at least until Keone Kela is ready.
May 13 - 11:13 PM

Neftali Feliz escaped a jam in the ninth inning to pick up his sixth save and seal Sunday's 2-1 win against the Rays.

Feliz allowed a one-out single to Logan Forsythe, uncorked a wild pitch, then allowed a single to James Loney to put the tying run at third base. He recovered, striking out Asdrubal Cabrera and getting Tim Beckham to ground out to end the game. Feliz has struggled this season, but has now racked up four consecutive scoreless outings. He is 5-for-7 in save chances with a 4.05 ERA and a 15/5 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
May 10 - 4:41 PM

Neftali Feliz blew a save in Friday's loss to the Athletics.

It wasn't your typical save chance, as Feliz was brought on with two on and two out in the top of the eighth inning. However, he gave up a go-ahead two-run double to Brett Lawrie and an RBI single to Mark Canha to be charged with his second blown save of the season. The 26-year-old now has a 5.79 ERA and 9/5 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings.
May 2 - 12:33 AM

Neftali Feliz earned his second save in as many chances Friday against the Mariners.

Feliz hasn't really inspired much confidence since the spring, but he's always owned the Mariners. This makes 27 scoreless innings against the team in one start and 21 relief appearances.
Apr 18 - 1:23 AM

Neftali Feliz set the Athletics down in order in the ninth inning as the Rangers defeated the Athletics 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Feliz got Ben Zobrist to ground out, Billy Butler to line out, and Brett Lawrie to strike out for his first save of 2015. Shortstop Elvis Andrus had committed a two-out error on an Ike Davis grounder to extend the inning, but it didn't bother Feliz. Feliz was strong after joining the Rangers' bullpen late last season, recording a 1.99 ERA with 13 saves and a 21/11 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.
Apr 8 - 12:47 AM

Rangers and RHP Neftali Feliz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.125 million contract.

Feliz earned $3 million last season while posting a 1.99 ERA with 13 saves and a 21/11 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings. He figures to serve as the Rangers closer this season in what will be his walk year.
Jan 15 - 4:27 PM

Neftali Feliz has hired a personal trainer to help him with his offseason workouts.

Feliz posted a 1.99 ERA in 30 appearances with the Rangers last season and saved 13 games during the second half, but he struck out just 21 batters in 31 2/3 innings. He's determined to get back to his pre-Tommy John surgery form. "With the experience, I am more confident," said Feliz. "Coming back from surgery, it takes a lot of things to work with, especially your confidence, trusting your elbow is OK and getting stronger. That I did and finally I feel great."
Jan 6 - 1:12 PM

Neftali Feliz nailed down his 13th save of the season in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Athletics.

Feliz gave up a one-out single to Nick Punto in the top of the ninth, but pinch-runner Billy Burns was cut down trying to steal second base. Feliz then issued a two-out walk to Coco Crisp, but Jonny Gomes struck out swinging to end it. Feliz has a superb 1.99 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 31 2/3 innings this season, and he's 13-for-14 in save opportunities.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 11:40:00 PM

Neftali Feliz struck out the side in the ninth inning, earning the save against the Angels.

Feliz has been very good in his last nine appearances, tossing 8 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just six hits and two walks. The save was his 11th of the season, and Feliz owns a 2.20 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over 28 2/3 innings on the year.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 08:29:00 PM

Neftali Feliz allowed a hit and a walk against the Mariners but escaped unscathed for his eighth save of the season Sunday.

A one-out walk by Kendrys Morales and a subsequent single by Kyle Seager left men on the corners, but Feliz got James Jones to pop out and induced a fly out from Justin Smoak to end the threat. It hasn't always been pretty -- Feliz has allowed at least one hit in each of his last seven appearances -- but it's been effective. Feliz has eight saves in nine chances and owns a 2.55 ERA through 24 2/3 innings.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Neftali Feliz worked a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Rangers' 2-0 win Monday over the Mariners.

The 26-year-old still hasn't recaptured the raw stuff he had prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery -- and maybe he never will -- but the overall results are encouraging. Feliz owns a 2.82 ERA and 0.94 WHIP but has struck out merely 14 batters in 22-plus innings. The right-hander is 7-for-8 in save opportunities.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 01:16:00 AM

Neftali Feliz threw a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Rangers' 3-1 win over the Royals on Sunday.

Feliz rebounded from allowing two home runs on Wednesday by taking care of the Royals with relative ease. He gave up a two-out single to Raul Ibanez, but Feliz got Lorenzo Cain to ground out to end the threat. The right-hander has been mostly good in his return from Tommy John surgery, owning a 2.95 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and six saves through 21 1/3 innings this season.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 07:11:00 PM

Neftali Feliz served up a pair of long homers but hung in there to record the save in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Marcell Ozuna led off the ninth with a longball to left field. After Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out sharply to second base, pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia then put one into the upper deck in right field off Feliz. The righty was able to escape with a couple strikeouts sandwiched around a walk. Feliz has converted five of six save chances since taking over as closer but is still looking like a shell of his former self.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 04:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Adam Rosales
2Tommy Field
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Ryan Rua
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
DH1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Derek Holland
2Yovani Gallardo
3Colby Lewis
4Ross Detwiler
5Nick Martinez
6Wandy Rodriguez
7Phil Klein
8Matt Harrison
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Neftali Feliz
3Keone Kela
4Tanner Scheppers
5Anthony Bass
6Alex Claudio
7Sam Freeman
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Jon Edwards
10Nick Tepesch
11Lisalverto Bonilla