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Neftali Feliz is on the minor league disabled list

Apr 24, 2014, 4:20 PM EST

Neftali Feliz AP

Demoted back to the minors at the end of spring training, Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz is now on the Triple-A disabled list with what the team is calling arm soreness and inflammation.

Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that no structural damage was found during an MRI exam, but given Feliz’s history of arm injuries it’s obviously a big worry.

Feliz has struggled to regain his peak velocity since Tommy John elbow surgery, missing most of last season. He posted a 1.59 ERA and 6/2 K/BB ratio in 5.2 innings at Triple-A before being shut down, but last pitched on April 16.

  1. NYTolstoy - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Maybe a Ranger fan who follows the team closely can let me know, Did the Rangers mess up with Feliz? He was originally a starter then became a closer and if I’m correct they made him start again? Reminded me of the Joba rules nonsense. Since that he had tommy john surgery and has yet to recover properly? has this guy lost stock in his team or did the team just do a poor job at handling his situation.

    • beefytrout - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      They didn’t exactly “mess up”… The Rangers tried (and still are) too hard to convert relievers to starters. They’ve had some success so you can’t really say they are “messing up,” it’s just that each player is different.

      With Feliz, from what I understand, the team seemed to be cautious in how they brought him back from his TJS. The word out of winter ball was that he could hit 97 mph, but in Spring Training he only got it to 95, and only a couple of times. A pitcher like Feliz can’t survive throwing 93. Everything I’ve heard suggested the Rangers believed he was being too tentative and hesitant to ramp it up.

      This latest episode is just being called general soreness. No structural damage found at this point. I believe his delivery got tweaked a bit as well, which could be part of it.

  2. dylanthom2013 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    C. J. Wilson was a reliever before TEX gave him a chance to start and he turned out ok to say the least. They keep jerking around Ogando though:

    ’10 – reliever
    ’11 – starter
    ’12 – reliever
    ’13 – starter
    ’14 – starter to start the season but now back in the pen (where he’s probably best suited for).

    Like make up your mind already.

    Scheppers had virtually no starting experience in the minors before he gave it a try early this season. Ross was exclusively a starter in the minors before coming up in ’12 as a reliever, and is now being tried out in the rotation again this year but will probably go back to the pen once Holland comes back. Michael Kirkman was a starter in the minors before getting called up to pitch out of the bp, and is now back to starting again in RR. Getting dizzy.

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