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Neftali Feliz starts rehab stint after missing two months

Jul 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Out since mid-May with a sprained elbow, Neftali Feliz began a minor-league rehab assignment yesterday with two innings at Double-A.

Feliz showed some rust, walking two batters and needing 40 pitches to get through two frames, but also got four of his six outs via strikeouts and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that his fastball was clocked in the mid-90s.

Because the Rangers are committed to bringing him back as a starter Feliz will have to build up arm strength and increase his pitch count before potentially coming off the disabled list. He’s scheduled to pitch three innings Friday, so if the Rangers stick with that type of gradual workload progression he seems likely to make a total of at least 3-4 starts in the minors.

  1. cowboys8819 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Another strong arm in our rotation! Can’t wait to see him back!

  2. billymc75 - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    He’s going to bullpen , with the addition of Oswalt hes not going to start again. Unless there’s injury even then I’d rather star Ogando over Him

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      I don’t see any area that Oswalt has or will outpitch Feliz in. I would be perfectly happy bumping Oswalt or Lewis out of the rotation long before I demote Feliz.

  3. billymc75 - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    He’s trade bait

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