Neftali Feliz returns from the disabled list, but won’t resume closing for the Rangers

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Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz is back from the disable list after missing the past six weeks with an axillary abscess on his right side, but he won’t be stepping back into the closer role.

In his extended absence Shawn Tolleson grabbed hold of ninth-inning duties, converting 11 straight save chances with a 1.65 ERA since May 20, so Feliz will be worked back into the bullpen mix as a setup man.

And that role suits him better at this point anyway, because the former Rookie of the Year winner and All-Star closer hasn’t been the same since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled this season before going on the disabled list.

Addison Russell had an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a hospital in Denver for observation on Sunday night.

Russell has a shellfish allergy and believes something he ate might have been mistakenly labeled as not having shrimp in it.

The Cubs took two of three games from the Rockies. After Monday’s day off, the Cubs open a brief two-game series in Cleveland for a rematch of the 2016 World Series. Russell flew with the team to Cleveland and believes he will be in good enough shape to play on Tuesday.

Russell, 24, has had a slow start to the season. He’s hitting .219/.324/.281 across 74 plate appearances.