Rangers designate Neftali Feliz for assignment, activate Matt Harrison


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.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.