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Neftali Feliz to undergo Tommy John surgery

Jul 31, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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Neftali Feliz‘s season is over, and more than half of his 2013 is gone now too: the Rangers have announced that he’s getting Tommy John surgery.

He’s been on the DL since May with a sprained UCL, but it wasn’t getting better and he was scratched from a rehab start Sunday at Double-A Frisco because of renewed elbow discomfort.

Feliz is still just 24 and, for his career, he has a 2.67 career ERA and 201 strikeouts in 205.1 innings.  It’s a common thing to see young fireballers go down like this. But it never gets any less sad.

  1. beefytrout - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Hindsight is 20/20, obviously, but this kid should have never been moved into the rotation. The move never felt right, in my opinion.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      I disagree. Any time you have a rotation slot open and a talented pitcher who has the capability to start, I’d say that pitcher should at least be given a chance to maximize his contribution to the team in the rotation.

      I would be curious to see if the minors starter -> majors reliever -> majors starter path results in more injuries, though. Between Feliz, Bard, and Joba there’s at least anecdotal evidence that it’s a bad idea.

    • hammyofdoom - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      I disagree as well. A relief pitcher if you use him a ton pitches 80 innings. A good starting pitcher better hit 200 innings, making him over twice as valuable as a relief pitcher, plus he was a great starting pitcher as well. He’ll come back from TJ alright most likely and he should still be a starter after

      • beefytrout - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

        Really? 7 starts is enough to qualify someone as a great starting pitcher?

  2. randygnyc - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Why move a dominant closer to the rotation? It failed with Joba and bard. Now Feliz.

    • Mike Luna - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Chris Sale?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      t failed with Joba…

      As a Yankee fan, there’s really no excuse for you to get this wrong. Learn the history of your own players as I’ve only posted his actual history about 50 times on this blog.

    • seattlej - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Short memory.

      Wainwright, Smoltz, Lowe. I’m sure there are plenty of others that proved to be more valuable as starters after flashing success in the bullpen…

      • Jeremy T - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Smoltz seems like a slightly different case, but I still agree with you

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