Good news for Texas Rangers fans: Neftali Feliz felt good during his four inning outing in a minor league game on Tuesday. It was the first time that Feliz had thrown to batters since exiting his start last week after three innings due to shoulder stiffness.
Obviously, the Rangers are playing it safe with their prized right hander, who is making the transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation.
Per Richard Durrett:
"I felt good," said Feliz through a translator. "Everything was OK. I wasn't trying to throw hard, just trying to keep my pitches down."
It's certainly encouraging. Feliz' results weren't great, as he gave up three runs (one earned) on six hits, walking one and striking out three in his four innings, but that he's feeling OK is the important thing.
It's also a possibility that Feliz won't be ready for the start of the season, but if he's not, it doesn't appear that he'll be in the minors for too long.
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