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Elbow injury sends Neftali Feliz to the disabled list

May 21, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

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Neftali Feliz‘s move from the bullpen to the rotation was off to a good start with a 3.32 ERA and 31/18 K/BB ratio in his first 38 innings.

However, he struggled to throw strikes Friday, handing out five walks and failing to make it out of the fifth inning, and today the Rangers placed him on the disabled list with an elbow injury.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Feliz underwent an MRI exam, the results of which the Rangers are still waiting for, but they decided to play it safe and shut him down regardless.

Scott Feldman is scheduled to take Feliz’s rotation spot and Texas will recall reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A to fill his roster spot. And then the Rangers will hold their breath.

As a reliever last season Feliz spent time on the DL with a shoulder injury and also dealt with some shoulder problems this spring.

  1. seeinred87 - May 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    That sucks for Feliz, but there are two awesome things about Tateyama being recalled. One is that Yoshinori may be the coolest name ever, and the second is that it means we get to see some screwballs.

    • istillbelieveinblue - May 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Yawn, wake me he learns the Dice-K Gyro Ball!

      • angrycorgi - May 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        The gyroball is just a stabilized fastball with supposedly lower stress to the pitchers arm. The screwball is something impressive to see. Much like the shuuto (which is essentially just a higher velocity screwball). Yu Darvish used to throw a screwball several years back, but stopped because of the strain it was putting on his arm. He has shown he can still throw it as he has thrown a hard screwball, or shuuto, a few times with the Rangers. He does not seem to have the control on it that he once had in Japan.

    • natstowngreg - May 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Whatever happened to the screwball?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Doesn’t it put a lot of strain on the forearm, or am I thinking of another pitch?

      • natstowngreg - May 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

        It does. Probably the explanation for its demise. I just started following baseball at a time when a number of pitchers relied on screwballs. Perhaps the mosty successful was Mike Cuellar, who had some great seasons with the Orioles.

  2. aceshigh11 - May 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Damn, what the hell’s going on here? People are dropping left and right this year!

  3. xsherr - May 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Call up Martin Perez!

  4. mungman69 - May 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Screwball: The pitch or the player?

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