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Neftali Feliz’s mechanics are “out of whack”

Mar 2, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

Neftali Feliz AP

The Rangers are hoping that Neftali Feliz can retake the closer’s role after Joe Nathan departed for the Tigers, but according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, his mechanics are “out of whack” in the early going. Grant writes that Feliz is not getting his arm extended enough to generate velocity, which is Feliz’s calling card.

If the Rangers aren’t happy with Feliz’s performance in spring training, Joakim Soria could wind up as the closer. Soria missed all of the 2012 and more than half of the 2013 season after recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He finished with a 3.80 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with the Rangers between July and September last season. From 2007-10, he was one of baseball’s elite closers with the Royals.

  1. ZachTaylor86 - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    At least mechanics are something that can be worked on. But if they can’t get those worked out this could be a pretty big problem for Texas

  2. thetxhammer - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Joe Nathan is laughing right about now, “miss me yet?”.

    • einjzmolf - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      not really.

    • bendover09 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Sorry but I’m glad “Too (/Close” Joe is out the door..

      The dude rattled everyone nerves when he stepped up last year. Could never get a 1-2-3 inning to save his life last year

      • rje49 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Nathan pitched 64.2 innings; only 36 hits. 22 BBs & WHIP of .9. He must have gotten quite a few 1-2-3s.

  3. yahmule - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Wouldn’t matter if Feliz was right. Soria’s just better.

  4. bravestomahawkchamp - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Soria seems to be the better option honestly. If Feliz can’t get the control down then option him to AAA and give a prospect a crack at the roster

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