Tigers sign former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz

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UPDATE: The Tigers just officially announced the signing. Feliz will join the major league roster for today’s game against the Twins.

10:01 a.m. ET: After passing through waivers unclaimed, Neftali Feliz opted for free agency this week rather than accept a minor league assignment with the Rangers. It apparently didn’t take him long to find a new home:

Feliz, 27, had a 4.58 ERA and 16/9 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings with the Rangers this season. He began the year in the closer role before Rangers manager Jeff Banister decided to go in a different direction in May. Feliz soon landed on the disabled list with an axillary abscess on his right side and ended up missing six weeks. He made one final appearance for the Rangers on July 3 before being designated for assignment.

Feliz has struggled to return to form since his Tommy John surgery in 2012, but assuming Martinez is correct, it’s a worthwhile gamble. If he can show something during the second half, the Tigers could elect to keep him around for 2016.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.