Neftali Feliz RP TEX 2 days ago

Feliz was placed on the disabled list Monday with an abscess under his right arm, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Feliz's DL stint is retroactive to May 20, meaning he could return as soon as June 5. The move opens up a spot for the return of Josh Hamilton on Monday in a corresponding move. Feliz lost his closer role prior to the DL stint, but he'll likely remain in contention for the role upon his return from the disabled list.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 6 days ago

Feliz wasn't used in a 3-1 win over Boston on Thursday.

Texas needed just one reliever to bridge the gap between starter Wandy Rodriguez and the ninth inning, where Shawn Tolleson closed out his second game in two nights. Feliz's earlier usage this week indicated he was going to be used in a mop-up role, and Thursday's game didn't change that outlook.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 6 days ago

Feliz said Tuesday that he's not focusing on disappointment after manager Jeff Banister changed the structure of the Rangers' bullpen, the Dallas Morning News reports. "I'm going to work every day to be more consistent; that's my mentality," Feliz said. "I understand why they did this. Everybody has to be ready to pitch in different situations. I'm fine. I just want to do whatever I can to help the team win the game."

Banister said Saturday after Feliz blew his third save of the season that he would do away with defined roles in the bullpen, which was a polite way of saying Feliz was removed from the closer role. Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth inning Sunday and then again Wednesday, working a clean frame to earn his first career save. It seems Feliz may be used primarily in mop-up duty until he rights the ship.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 1 week ago

Feliz briefly warmed up in Sunday's game against the Indians before sitting down in favor of Shawn Tolleson. Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said that there would be "no specific roles" in the bullpen for now, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Tolleson ended up pitching the ninth in a game that ended up not having a save situation, thanks to the Rangers adding on a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Feliz had sat down before that run had been scored. He hasn't lost his job as the closer, but at best his role security is unstable.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 1 week ago

Manager Jeff Banister offered only a mild endorsement of Feliz as the Rangers' closer after he blew his third save of the season Saturday against the Indians, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. "We continue to evaluate everything," Banister said. "We can't stay status quo in doing some things when there has been a little bit of a pattern there. We haven't had consistent success. I'll look at where we are and who we have to face."

In addition to intimating that Feliz's job could be under some pressure, the Rangers made significant chances to their bullpen Sunday morning, designating Kyuji Fujikawa for assignment and adding Tanner Scheppers and Ross Ohlendorf from Triple-A Round Rock. The bullpen roles for Feliz and others should be fully fleshed out in the games to come, but those prospecting for a potential change at closer may want to make a speculative add on Shawn Tolleson, who has a 3.86 ERA and 22:3 K:BB ratio over 16.1 innings.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 1 week ago

Feliz blew his third save of the season, allowing three runs in the ninth in the 10-8 loss to the Indians.

Feliz is in a rough stretch right now and has raised his ERA to 5.51 and his WHIP to an unsightly 1.71. With a career WHIP of 1.04, he'll likely turn things around, but if he doesn't he could lose his role as the closer.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 2 weeks ago

Feliz pitched a perfect ninth Wednesday against the Royals for his sixth save of the season.

Feliz only needed five pitches to close Wednesday's game, and he has now converted in four straight save opportunities after blowing two saves in a row.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 2 weeks ago

Feliz gave up one run on two hits and a walk over one inning Tuesday against the Royals in a non-save situation.

He came into a tie game in the ninth inning and gave up the lead, but the Rangers then evened the score in the bottom of the ninth only to lose in extra innings. Prior to Tuesday's outing Feliz had notched saves in each of his last three appearances, so he should still be the Rangers' closer going forward.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 3 weeks ago

Feliz struck out two in a perfect ninth to pick up his fourth save in Thursday's win over the Rays.

Feliz is off to a rocky start, with a 4.38 ERA and two blown saves in six chances, but he was perfect Thursday as he was in his previous outing Monday. The 27-year-old hasn't given up a run in his last three outings, and his role as the Rangers' closer is secure.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 3 weeks ago

Feliz needed just 11 pitches to retire three Houston batters in picking up the save Monday.

Feliz fanned two in the process, and it was a nice bounce-back effort after Feliz blew the save Friday night against the A's.