Neftali Feliz RP TEX 2 weeks ago

Feliz (arm) allowed two hits but did not give up a run in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

In five appearances with Round Rock, Feliz has allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks over five innings. He has yet to pitch on back-to-back days, however, and while he could ultimately take on a late-inning gig upon activation, a return to the closer role does not appear to be in the cards with manager Jeff Banister formally naming Shawn Tolleson his endgamer.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 4 weeks ago

Feliz (arm) tossed a scoreless inning during his first rehab appearance at Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. He surrendered a hit and a walk and struck out a batter in the 24-pitch outing.

Feliz's control was a little shaky (13 of the 24 pitches went for strikes), but the Rangers seem to have been satisfied with his first outing since landing on the DL due to an abscess under his right arm. The 27-year-old is expected to make multiple appearances for Round Rock before he's activated.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 4 weeks ago

Feliz (arm), who is set to begin a rehab assignment Saturday, will tweak his delivery a bit in an attempt to regain some lost velocity according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Feliz's rehab assignment could last a bit longer than normal as a result, depending on how effective he pitches in his first first appearances down in the minors.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 4 weeks ago

Feliz (arm) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Feliz is scheduled to throw one inning Saturday, and while it's uncertain how many rehab appearances he'll need, the right-hander appears on track to return sometime next week. Shawn Tolleson has converted all six of his save chances since taking over the closer role for Texas, so look for Feliz to assume a middle-relief role upon activation.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 1 month ago

Feliz (arm) was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Feliz may need a rehab stint before rejoining the bullpen, and figures to have a reduced role initially given the collective success of the unit in his absence.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.