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Neftali Feliz undergoes Tommy John surgery

Aug 1, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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From Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes word that Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz underwent his scheduled Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this afternoon in Arlington, Texas.

He showed up to the home clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark a few hours later and was still a bit woozy but told reporters the procedure was a success.

Now begins a long road of rehab and recovery.

If all goes smoothly for Feliz, he could be back in the major leagues at some point in August of 2013. The 24-year-old posted a 3.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 37/23 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings this season. He owns a 2.67 career ERA, 0.998 career WHIP and 8.8 career K/9.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Jenrry Mejia, Joba, Feliz, the list goes on and on…organizations gotta stop jerking these kids between the rotation and the pen.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    I don’t particularly like Feliz (I think he’s a bit smug), but his talent transcends that. I sure hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. IMO, I hope he comes back as a closer. He really was outstanding in that role.

    • protius - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:03 AM

      Classy. WTG

    • pw38 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      How is he a bit smug? Because he closed out the Yanks in the 2010 ALCS? ;)

      • protius - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:44 AM

        That’s a clown comparison, bro.

  3. cowboys8819 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    I hope he has a successful recovery!

  4. sportsguygerald - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Jenrry Mejia, Joba, Feliz, the list goes on and on…organizations gotta stop jerking these kids between the rotation and the pen.

    He was a starter his entire career until they moved him to the pen a couple of years ago. How is that jerking him between the rotation and the pen? Feliz’s biggest problem is that he’s undisciplined, lacks mental toughness, doesn’t repeat the same arm action or arm slot and doesn’t release the ball out of his hand the same way every time. He has a great arm and could be something very special, but it remains to be seen if he can achieve that greatness.

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