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Neftali Feliz has UCL sprain in elbow, shut down for four weeks

May 21, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this evening that Feliz has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He won’t throw for four weeks, but he could be shut down for longer.

7:36 PM: The Rangers placed Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon with right elbow inflammation. While an MRI revealed no structural damage in the elbow, it will be a while before we see him back in the big leagues.

According to T.R. Sullivan of, Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said this afternoon that Feliz will be shut down for a month. He’ll resume a throwing program after that, but assuming that he’ll likely need at least a couple minor league rehab starts, that places his return somewhere around the All-Star break. And that’s assuming no setbacks.

Feliz, who is making the transition from closer to starting pitcher, has a 3.16 ERA and 37/23 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings this season. Scott Feldman will fill his spot in the starting rotation for now.

  1. bshook87 - May 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Thanks for the update… and Thad Levine is the assistant GM. Jon Daniels is the GM…

    • D.J. Short - May 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Ugh, yes, I’m aware. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. miketreedy - May 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    If the Rangers do sign Oswalt or another player steps up and performs well, I wonder if we will see Neftali back in the bullpen at the end of the year (if healthy). Having a pen with Ogando, Adams, Neftali and Nathan would be nasty.

  3. buffalo65 - May 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    For the love of god put Ogando in the rotation already.

  4. paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Silly Rangers, just throwing around the big bucks springing for MRIs right off the bat to be cautious with their multi-million dollar investment. They could have just given him rest and a bullpen session and hoped for the best and save a few hundred bucks.

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