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Neftali Feliz scratched from minor league rehab start with renewed elbow discomfort

Jul 29, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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With elbow injuries, where there’s smoke there’s usually a raging fire. Which is why there is reason to be very concerned about the Rangers’ Neftali Feliz.

He was scratched from a rehab start Sunday at Double-A Frisco because of renewed elbow discomfort, writes’s T.R. Sullivan, and there is “no word yet on when he will pitch again.”

Feliz has been on the disabled list since late May with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that often leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. If he needs it, he’ll be out until at least August of 2013.

Feliz, 24, had a 3.16 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 42 2/3 innings before suffering the UCL sprain.

He owns a stellar 2.67 career ERA and has fanned 201 batters in 205 1/3 total major league frames.

  1. spytdi - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Damn, Tomas Juan surgeries

  2. jimatkins - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Remember Nolan Ryan and all that talk about how pitch counts are ridiculous? Hmmmm.

  3. lewp - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Good point Jim, but Feliz has been in the buulpen most of his professional life. The fact that he realy only throws one pitch..(a 95 + fastball) may have something more to do with it than innings pitched.

  4. jolink653 - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Terrible idea to try and make this kid into a starter…He was great out of the bullpen and now of course he’s having problems stretching it out and trying to pitch as a starter the same way he did as the closer….The Yankees did the same thing with Joba unfortunately and he’s only just now getting his arm right again

  5. sfm073 - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    I want to know what percentage of pitchers that go on the DL for arm problems actually come back without having surgery? It can’t be very high.

  6. randygnyc - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Some pitchers go on the DL with dead arm and bounce back. Elbow stiffness/soreness is entirely different and has been a particularly ominous sign this year. It seems like every pitcher with those symptoms this year has been forced to have TJ surgery.

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