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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 designated RHP Neftali Feliz for assignment.
The Rangers needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Matt Harrison who is returning from the disabled list on Saturday, but it seems like Feliz is an odd choice after he fired a pair of scoreless innings on Friday. The 27-year-old should generate interest on waivers. Jul 3 - 11:39 PM

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Rangers activated RHP Neftali Feliz from the 15-day disabled list.

He's been out with a side injury since May 19. Feliz struggled in his rehab at Triple-A Round Rock, recording a dismal 7.36 ERA over 11 innings of work. The 27-year-old began the year at closer but now he'll transition to a setup role behind ninth-inning man Shawn Tolleson.
Jul 2 - 3:42 PM

Neftali Feliz (side) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

The hard-throwing right-hander is expected to rejoin the Rangers bullpen as soon as he's eligible, but it will be in a setup role as Shawn Tolleson has been outstanding since taking the reins in the ninth inning. Before landing on the shelf, Feliz compiled a 5.09 ERA and 1.76 WHIP across 17 2/3 innings.
Jun 4 - 10:50 PM

Neftali Feliz (side) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

It will be his first time throwing off a mound since landing on the disabled list with an axillary abscess on his right side. Feliz should be ready for activation when eligible but is no longer the Rangers' closer.
May 31 - 11:29 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Rougned Odor
2Adam Rosales
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Ryan Rua
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
DH1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Derek Holland
2Yovani Gallardo
3Colby Lewis
4Matt Harrison
5Wandy Rodriguez
6Martin Perez
7Yu Darvish
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Keone Kela
3Tanner Scheppers
4Spencer Patton
5Anthony Bass
6Sam Freeman
7Ross Ohlendorf
8Ross Detwiler
9Anthony Ranaudo
10Nick Tepesch
11Lisalverto Bonilla