Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:14:09 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz made his fourth relief appearance in 10 days Friday, Nov. 29, in the Dominican Republic Winter League. He's in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery and will be competing with RPs Tanner Scheppers and Joakim Soria for the closer role next year. Feliz pitched 15 1/3 innings from rookie ball to the big leagues last season. He struck out three of the 10 hitters he faced in his first three winter ball outings and allowed only one hit while topping out at 95-97 mph. "Health-wise, he's probably 95 percent with his delivery and all of that," pitching coach Gary Ruby said. "He's thrown very hard, and the changeup has been way above average. The breaking ball needs some work, but he's really close." Feliz is receiving two days of rest after each appearance.
Fantasy Tip: Feliz has plenty of time to get to 100 percent health. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks between now and spring training, he should be considered the favorite to take the ninth-inning duties over Soria or Scheppers.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:32:43 -0800
The Texas Rangers plan to tender contracts to RP Neftali Feliz, SP Alexi Ogando, 1B Mitch Moreland, RP Neal Cotts and OF Craig Gentry.
Sun, 03 Nov 2013 10:36:09 -0800
Texas Rangers RPs Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers are expected to be candidates for the closer job next season. SP Alexi Ogando could also be an option if the team adds another starting pitcher.
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:09:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan is expected to decline his $9.5 million option for the 2014 season and become a free agent. However, a formal decision is unlikely to be made until after the World Series is over. If Nathan leaves Texas, RPs Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers appear to be the top candidates for the closer's role.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:02:08 -0700
Texas Rangers P Neftali Feliz (elbow) will pitch in the Dominican Winter League for Este Toros. He returned to the majors briefly last season after reconstructive elbow surgery, and is still working his way back to full strength.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 20:08:09 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts Sunday, Sept. 1, against the Minnesota Twins in his first appearance since May 2012. "He threw all his pitches. He looked comfortable," manager Ron Washington said. "All we can do is build off it." Feliz had Tommy John surgery, and missed 14 months.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:55:55 -0700
The Texas Rangers have activated 1B/DH Lance Berkman (hip, knees), SP Nick Tepesch (elbow), RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) and P Michael Kirkman (skin cancer) from the disabled list.
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:35:31 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) will not pitch Saturday, Aug. 31, and he will instead come off the 15-day disabled list Sunday, Sept. 1, when rosters expand.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:19:56 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) was clocked between 89-93 mph with his fastball in a scoreless inning in a minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Round Rock Thursday, Aug. 22. He reported no issues, and is likely to make another appearance with the Express over the weekend.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:20:24 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz's (elbow) bullpen session went off without a hitch Thursday, Aug. 15, and the team will re-evaluate him.
Fantasy Tip: Feliz is expected to return sometime in September, but it'll only be in some sort of a setup role. He won't have any fantasy value this year.