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  1. Neftali Feliz: “When I take too many days off my arm doesn’t feel too good”

    Sep 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz has regained the Rangers’ closer role, but not his old velocity.

  2. Neftali Feliz expected to take over as Rangers closer following Joakim Soria trade

    Jul 24, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Texas traded closer Joakim Soria to Detroit for a pair of prospects and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers will likely turn back to a familiar name to fill the vacant closer role: Neftali Feliz.

  3. Rangers send Neftali Feliz back to the minors

    Mar 25, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz was recovered enough from Tommy John elbow surgery to make six appearances for the Rangers in September of last season, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings, but after watching him pitch this spring the team has decided to send the 25-year-old former Rookie of the Year back to the minors. Feliz gave up 13 hits…

  4. Rangers put Tanner Scheppers in rotation, going with Joakim Soria at closer

    Mar 22, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Today was decision day for the Rangers, as manager Ron Washington made some important calls about the composition of his pitching staff. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Washington will put Tanner Scheppers in the rotation and transition Alexi Ogando into a set-up role. In turn, he has opted for Joakim Soria over…

  5. Neftali Feliz’s mechanics are “out of whack”

    Mar 2, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    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…

  6. 2014 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

    Choo Fielder

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. First up: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Were the bold moves bold enough? The past two offseasons seasons saw the division…

  7. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  8. Neftali Feliz is throwing 98 miles per hour again

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz, who missed nearly all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery, has been clocked at 98 miles per hour in winter ball and told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worh Star Telegram that his arm “is perfect.” Joe Nathan‘s departure as a free agent opens the door for Feliz to resume closing…

  9. Neftali Feliz is the favorite to close for the Rangers

    Dec 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Tanner Scheppers has expressed his interest in replacing Joe Nathan as the Rangers’ closer in 2014, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com pegs Neftali Feliz as the favorite to return to his former role: Joe Nathan is now with the Tigers and the Rangers will have a new closer in 2014. They will likely settle the…

  10. Report: Rangers, Blue Jays deal fell apart due to physical

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Rangers were involved in a three-team deal last month that would have sent reliever Sergio Santos to Texas, but that the deal fell apart because another player failed his physical. Santos would have helped make up for the loss of Joe Nathan to Detroit. He missed…

  11. Rangers will not make qualifying offer to Joe Nathan

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    We learned yesterday that Joe Nathan declined his $9.5 million player option with the Rangers in hopes of landing a multi-year contract in free agency. The soon-to-be 39-year-old should be in a favorable position to meet his goal, especially now that teams won’t have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him: With…

  12. Joe Nathan expected to decline 2014 option, become free agent

    Oct 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    By reaching 55 games finished this season Joe Nathan got the ability to decline his 2014 option and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers expect the veteran closer to do exactly that. Nathan would be turning down $9.5 million for 2014, but he’s looking for a multi-year deal and even at age 38…

  13. Neftali Feliz made his 2013 debut against the Twins

    Sep 1, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Rangers reliever-turned-starter-turned-reliever Neftali Feliz made his 2013 debut against the Twins this afternoon, recording five outs, surrendering just one hit and recording two strikeouts. He came on in relief of starter Travis Blackley with two outs in the fifth. Against Darin Mastroianni, Feliz showcased all four of his pitches, including a fastball that touched 94 MPH,…

  14. Rangers activate Lance Berkman and Neftali Feliz

    Sep 1, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi comes word that the Rangers have activated Lance Berkman and Neftali Feliz from their respective disabled list stints as part of a collection of roster moves coinciding with the September 1 expansion of major league rosters. Berkman has been sidelined since the first week of July with hip and knee…

  15. Neftali Feliz appears on track to be activated Monday

    Aug 29, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz AP

    Neftali Feliz has been out all season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but he’s on track to be activated by the Rangers after rosters expand on Sunday. The 25-year-old right-hander confirmed as much this afternoon by writing on his Twitter account that he’s en route to Oakland, where the Rangers will begin an important three-game…

  16. Neftali Feliz resumes rehabbing with scoreless inning

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz AP

    Neftali Feliz restarted his minor-league rehab assignment last night after putting things on hold for a bit due to triceps tendinitis, throwing a scoreless inning at Triple-A. Feliz threw 17 pitches and struck out two batters, although how his arm feels today is a lot more important than the results he got last night. Twice…

  17. Neftali Feliz’s rehab on hold due to more arm problems

    Aug 12, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz struggled in his first Triple-A rehab appearance last week and now the news is even worse. Todd Willis of ESPN Dallas reports that Feliz tried to warm up during yesterday’s game, but had to stop when he felt elbow discomfort. He previously was supposed to pitch Saturday, but skipped the outing. Feliz is…

  18. Neftali Feliz struggles in first Triple-A rehab outing

    Aug 9, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz‘s recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery has moved to Triple-A, where the Rangers right-hander struggled yesterday in his first rehab appearance for Round Rock. Feliz threw just 11 of 22 pitches for strikes, walking two and allowing a single before exiting with the bases loaded. Todd Willis of ESPN Dallas reports that Feliz…

  19. Alexi Ogando lands back on the 15-day disabled list

    Jun 9, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Alexi Ogando was activated from the disabled list last Wednesday after sitting out three weeks with biceps tendinitis. But he’s back on the shelf again. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that Ogando was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to inflammation in his right (throwing) shoulder. Josh Lindblom was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock…

  20. Joe Mauer has broken up three no-hitters in the ninth inning during his career

    May 25, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Joe Mauer broke up Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid last night with a one-out single in the ninth inning. He has made a habit out of spoiling history. Last night was the third time in Mauer’s career that he has broken up a no-hit bid in the ninth inning. He previously did it in on May…

  21. Rangers will stand pat with starting pitching

    Apr 19, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Matt Harrison

    As Craig posted earlier, Matt Harrison will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, which will likely keep him out until the All-Star break. In his absence, Rangers GM Jon Daniels will be relying on in-house options, reports Todd Wills of ESPN Dallas. Daniels said Friday he doesn’t expect to run out…

  22. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  23. Rangers choose Nick Tepesch as fifth starter

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nick Tepesch

    Injuries to Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz, and Martin Perez have forced the Rangers to dig deeper into their pitching depth than they’d like and they’ve picked Nick Tepesch as their fifth starter. Tepesch is 24 years old and has yet to pitch above Double-A. And in fact he wasn’t even all that good at Double-A,…

  24. Neftali Feliz throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Jan 18, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz AP

    Neftali Feliz still has a long road ahead of him in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but he took an encouraging step forward this morning. Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports that Feliz threw soft-toss at the Rangers’ pitching mini-camp, his first time throwing since his surgery last August. “It felt good,”…

  25. Rangers, Neftali Feliz avoid arbitration with one-year, $2.9 million contract

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

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    The Rangers and right-hander Neftali Feliz have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million contract, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The deal includes $1 million in performance-based incentives. Feliz, 24, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The Rangers have him under team control through 2015. After pitching…

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