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.