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Name  Neftali Feliz
Born  5/2/1988
Height  6-3
Weight  225
Number  30
Position  RP
Bats  R
Throws  R
9/28/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz saved his 13th game of the season on Saturday as Texas defeated Oakland, 5-4.
Insight: Feliz did allow two base runners, but catcher Robinson Chirinos threw the first one out who was trying to steal second and Feliz stranded the second one at first base. Feliz has saved 13 out of 14 of his opportunities and has a 1.99 ERA in 31 2/3 innings this year.
7/23/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz could find himself in the closer role again after Joakim Soria was traded to the Tigers Wednesday night.
Insight: Feliz has allowed five hits and three runs in 10 1/3 innings since he was recalled from the minors. Neal Cotts (3.35 ERA, 50 Ks in 43 IP) is the other guy who may get a shot.
4/29/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz is still 10-14 days away from pitching in games, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Feliz dealt with decreased velocity this spring and was optioned to Triple-A after losing the closer role to Joakim Soria. He hasn't pitched since April 16 due to "general soreness and fatigue."
3/25/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: The Rangers optioned Neftali Feliz to Triple-A on Tuesday.
Insight: Feliz lost the closer role to Joakim Soria and will work on his mechanics and arm strength in the minors. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and has dealt with decreased velocity this spring.
3/14/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Rangers manager Ron Washington said Neftali Feliz was throwing better, around 93-94 mph, in Thursday's exhibition.
Insight: Neftali Feliz has struggled this spring and isn't throwing anywhere near the high 90s he was at before the Tommy John surgery. Feliz and Joakim Soria are candidates to pitch the ninth inning in 2014 which will make it tough on fantasy owners. Setup man Tanner Scheppers could also end up in the role.
3/12/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Rangers manager Ron Washington is talking about using a closer by committee. SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: Neftali Feliz's struggles this spring have made things complicated. Feliz, Joakim Soria and Tanner Schepper are all candidates to pitch the ninth inning in 2014. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for saves.
3/2/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: According to the Dallas Morning News, Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz is dealing with mechanical issues. He's not getting his arm extended enough to maximize his velocity.
Insight: Feliz underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2012 and only threw 4 2/3 innings last season. He saved 72 games with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 2010-11 before the team turned him into a starter in 2012, and the Rangers have him back competing for the closer job this season following his injury. Joakim Soria is the other candidate.
12/28/2013 1:42:00 PM
Description: According to's T.R. Sullivan, Rangers righthander Neftali Feliz is the favorite to replace Joe Nathan in the ninth inning next season.
Insight: Feliz was trying to become a starter but he only lasted seven starts before needing Tommy John surgery. Feliz was an All-Star closer for Texas in 2010 and could be again if he can stay healthy.
9/1/2013 10:56:00 PM
Description: Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz finally made his season debut Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: The outing went well for Feliz, who is now a little over a year removed from Tommy John surgery. In an inning and a third, he allowed just one hit while striking out two. His role in the Texas bullpen is a little murky at the moment so we'd stay away from him for now.
8/30/2013 9:00:00 PM
Description: According to Anthony Andro of, Texas will bring up Neftali Feliz Sunday when the rosters expand.
Insight: Feliz will join the Rangers in a setup role for closer Joe Nathan. The right-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since May 18 last season due to a torn UCL in his elbow. It's unclear what the Rangers' plans are for the 25-year-old who has 74 career saves and had a 3.16 ERA in 42 2/3 innings as a starter last season.
8/26/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: As long as he doesn't have any setbacks, Texas righthander Neftali Feliz will be activated from the DL on Sunday or Monday. SOURCE: Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: Feliz has had to overcome a few hiccups in his recovery from Tommy John surgery but it looks like he's finally ready to go. Though Feliz was used as a starter the last time we saw him pitch in the major leagues, he figures to be a middle reliever/setup man this time around.
8/12/2013 9:11:00 PM
Description: Rangers righthander Neftali Feliz has been shut down indefinitely. SOURCE: ESPN Dallas
Insight: Feliz missed his latest rehab appearance because of right triceps tendinitis. He hasn't pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August.
8/11/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Texas righthander Neftali Feliz has suffered a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery. SOURCE: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
Insight: The former AL Rookie of the Year was scratched from his rehab appearance Saturday with Triple-A Round Rock. Apparently, he's dealing with soreness in his triceps. Even if Feliz makes it back to the majors this season, he isn't likely to start, which significantly hinders his fantasy value.
1/17/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: The Rangers avoided arbitration with righthander Neftali Feliz by signing him to a one-year, $2.9 million deal on Thursday.
Insight: Feliz is still recovering from Tommy John surgery and might not be ready until the end of the 2013 season.
8/1/2012 8:26:00 PM
Description: Texas righthander Neftali Feliz had a successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.
Insight: Tommy John surgery usually involves a 12-month recovery period so don't expect to see Feliz (3-1, 3.16 ERA) on a pitcher's mound any time in the near future.
7/31/2012 5:23:00 PM
Description: The Rangers announced after they acquired Ryan Dempster that injured starter Neftali Feliz has a torn UCL and will require Tommy John surgery.
Insight: Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team knew the information several days ago but concealed it to preserve leverage in trade negotiations. Feliz can be cut loose in fantasy leagues.
6/29/2012 6:44:00 PM
Description: According to the Dallas Morning News, Rangers manager Ron Washington said starter Neftali Feliz (elbow) is not close to throwing from a mound.
Insight: Feliz will likely be out until August. Even when he returns, he'll go to the bullpen so he won't have much mixed league value.
6/15/2012 6:52:00 PM
Description: Rangers starter Neftali Feliz (elbow) has been cleared by a team physician to begin throwing Monday. He's been on the DL with a sprained elbow ligament since mid-May.
Insight: Feliz will throw off flat ground, but he's not expected back anytime soon. The Rangers will move him to the 60-day DL Saturday. Even when he does return, Feliz is expected to move to the bullpen, so unless the team decides to replace current closer Joe Nathan, Feliz won't have much mixed league value.
5/25/2012 7:44:00 PM
Description: Neftali Feliz said he wants to remain in the starting rotation when he returns from his elbow injury, Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas reports. However, Rangers manager Ron Washington said it's premature to discuss whether Feliz should remain a starter or go back to the bullpen.
Insight: McMahon said the decision could be heavily influenced by the Rangers' pursuit of Roy Oswalt. Feliz is still weeks away from picking up a baseball. The 24-year-old righty is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings this season, his first as a starting pitcher.
5/21/2012 10:16:00 PM
Description: Neftali Feliz has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Insight: UCL injuries can sometimes lead to Tommy John surgery but luckily for Feliz, he didn't suffer a tear. Texas' GM Jon Daniels hinted that Feliz might be used in a different capacity upon his return, likely some time after the All-Star break. If Feliz loses his spot in the rotation to Roy Oswalt and is reduced to long relief duty, his fantasy value will be almost non-existent going forward. So stay tuned.