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Neftali Feliz works as a starter while rehabbing elbow injury

Jul 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Back when Neftali Feliz went on the disabled list with an elbow injury in mid-May the Rangers had so much rotation depth that there was speculation he’d return as a reliever.

Since then Feliz has been joined on the DL by Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, and Alexi Ogando–and Roy Oswalt has been knocked around–so not surprisingly Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Feliz “will be stretched out as a starter” again.

That likely means a longer minor-league rehab assignment, as Feliz will have to build back his arm strength instead of simply being ready for one-inning appearances. So far he’s progressed to throwing bullpen sessions and Davison indicates that Lewis may still beat Feliz back from the DL.

Ogando may also beat Feliz back from injury, but Ogando is being prepped as a reliever again after initially being asked to step into the injury wrecked rotation.

  1. lmoneyfresh - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    As much as I like Feliz, I would almost prefer seeing Ogando take his spot on the back end of the rotation. Feliz would be a stud as a reliever and Ogando seems better fit to be starting at this point.

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