The Rangers have designated reliever Neftali Feliz for assignment to make room for Matt Harrison, who was activated from the disabled list, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports. Harrison hasn’t pitched since May of last season as he had spinal fusion surgery.
That the Rangers would designate Feliz for assignment is a bit surprising considering he was an effective reliever when healthy between 2009-14. This season, however, he blew three saves in nine opportunities with a 5.09 ERA and a 15/9 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings. Things didn’t get any better for him with Triple-A Round Rock, as he allowed 11 runs (nine earned) on 15 hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings.
Feliz is owed the remainder of his $4.125 million salary for the 2015 season and will be eligible for arbitration for one more year. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season.
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.
Rangers closer Neftali Feliz blew his third save on Saturday when he let the Indians score three runs in the ninth inning en route to a 10-8 loss. He’s only 6-for-9 in save situations with a 5.51 ERA and a 15/7 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings.
On Sunday, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that there are currently no roles in the team’s bullpen, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. That means that Feliz won’t necessarily be the go-to guy anymore when a save situation arises. Shawn Tolleson and Keone Kela have shown the best stuff of anyone in the Rangers’ bullpen thus far and figure to get some opportunities until Feliz rights his ship.