Feliz Back In Frisco

Neftali Feliz pitched for two innings in tonight’s series opener against the San Antonio Missions as part of his rehab assignment. Feliz was scheduled to start for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday but after the game was rained out and the team headed out on the road, Feliz made the trip to start for Frisco.

Feliz pitched for two innings allowing one hit and one unearned run while walking two and striking out four Missions’ batters.

Originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2005, Feliz joined the Rangers organization in 2007 as part of the Mark Teixeira/Ron Mahay trade. He made his way up through the organization splitting the 2008 season with the Clinton Lumber Kings before being promoted to the Frisco RoughRiders. Feliz made 10 starts ending the season with a record of four wins and three losses with a 2.98 ERA.

He spent the 2009 season with then Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City before making his major league debut with the Texas Rangers on August 3, 2009. Feliz has been part of the Rangers bullpen ever since before being converted to a starter this season.

Feliz was put on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. He is tentatively set to rehab with Triple-A Round Rock when the team returns home for at least one start and is then expected to move back up to the Texas Rangers.

Neftali Feliz pitched for two innings Monday night. (Alex Yocum-Beeman)

Here are some quotes from Feliz’s press conference after his start with Frisco.

“I know I can reach back and get velocity when I need it. The most important thing is to keep my pitches low. I know I can throw it harder when I need to. I wanted to focus on keeping things low.”

“I had gone a long time without pitching from the mound, but I was trying to practice all of my pitches.”

“The first thing is to be healthy. I want to be ready to help the team. I’m trying to be ready as soon as I can and help the team in any way. I haven’t been told anything. I just have to do my rehab and work to get healthy and be better. All I know is my next outing is on Friday at Round Rock.”

Story and Video by Jarah Wright

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