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Neftali Feliz Set To Make Second Spring Start

Perhaps it's good for Neftali Feliz that the spring spotlight is shining brightest on Yu Darvish. After all, transitions from dominant, young closer to starter aren't typically overlooked. Still, with Darvish transitioning to the MLB, Feliz' transition to the rotation hasn't garnered the attention it normally would -- and that might be a good thing for Feliz.

Feliz is set to make his second spring start on Wednesday, as he faces off against Tyler Chatwood and the Colorado Rockies. Feliz had a bit of a rough first start, giving up three runs on three hits, capped off by an Adam Dunn three run home run.

Reports after the game said that Feliz was working solely on his offspeed stuff, as pitchers usually do in the spring, and that his fastball was only topping out around 94. Neither of which are causes for concern, as pitchers rarely go all-out this early in the spring, and they often choose one facet of their game to work on this early in the spring as well.

Regardless, Feliz will make his second spring start on Wednesday, and will likely be on the same 50 pitch count that the other starters have been on for their second starts.

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