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Neftali Feliz is healthy again and throwing in the mid-90s

Jun 3, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Neftali Feliz was on the Triple-A disabled list with arm soreness and inflammation as he struggled to come back from Tommy John elbow surgery, but now the former Rangers closer is healthy again and pitching well.

Feliz has thrown back-to-back scoreless appearances at Triple-A and has a 17/4 K/BB ratio in 16 innings overall. He’s had a couple ugly appearances that inflate his ERA to 4.02, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that his fastball is regularly being clocked at 92-96 miles per hour and suggests that he might already be back in the majors if not for the Rangers’ bullpen being crowded at the moment.

Prior to being shut down Feliz was one of the elite relievers in baseball, posting a 2.55 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 163 innings, and then he looked to be transitioning well into becoming a starter in 2012 before the injury struck. Velocity-wise it sounds like he’s still not quite back to his old self, but a Feliz throwing 92-96 miles per hour can certainly still be a big asset in the second half for Texas.

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  1. doctornature - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    It is not just the injury he has to overcome. His blown save in Game 6, 2011 WS against the Cards, supposedly wrecked him mentally. Without the former swagger he had, it is going to be tough, but as a Ranger fan since 1972 I wish him well.

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