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Rangers | Neftali Feliz placed on DL

Mon, 25 May 2015 20:35:20 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (side) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 25, with an abscess on his right side that required surgery Saturday, May 23.

Fantasy Tip: With Feliz sidelined, Shawn Tolleson should continue to receive a bulk of the save chances.

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Rangers | Texas to play matchups with bullpen

Mon, 18 May 2015 11:46:07 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Shawn Tolleson was used in the ninth inning in a non-save situation, and Texas relievers retired 12 of the final 13 hitters they faced in the win over the Cleveland Indians. Manager Jeff Banister said after the game that none of the previous bullpen roles will be followed. "I talked to those guys this morning collectively and individually and told them, that as we stand now, nobody has a specific role," Banister said. "We will find the best match for this club one inning at a time. We will treat it that way for now and see where it goes." RPs Ross Ohlendorf and Tanner Scheppers were used in innings six through eight Sunday with RP Neftali Feliz struggling. The Rangers planned to stick with Tolleson in the ninth if the save situation would have been in place. Feliz blew his third save of the season Saturday, May 16, and Texas has blown five saves before the ninth inning this year.

Fantasy Tip: If you're hurting for saves, Tolleson should be the immediate addition off the waiver wire while the Rangers experiment with their late-inning bullpen roles. Feliz could still see save chances here and there, so he's worth hanging onto. Scheppers could also figure into the ninth inning and might be worth speculating on in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. Until we see a clearer picture in Texas, though, this situation could be messy and frustrating for fantasy owners.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Dallas Morning News - Evan Grant

Rangers | Neftali Feliz done as closer?

Mon, 18 May 2015 05:55:03 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz could be out as the team's closer as manager Jeff Banister said there are no defined roles in the bullpen Sunday, May 17.

Fantasy Tip: Feliz has blown three of nine save chances and has a 5.51 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP thus far. The 27-year-old is a shell of the tease he was early in his career. You have no choice but to hold on to Feliz, but Shawn Tolleson could receive a chance real soon.

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Rangers | Neftali Feliz struggling

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:36:07 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz has given up four hit, three walks and three runs in his last three spring outings, but manager Jeff Bannister is not concerned about his closer. "He says he feels good and is right here he needs to be," Banister said. "Closers are different cats. Some of them get all hopped up and are boiling all the time and some have ice water in their veins. I haven't seen him yet in a real high octane situation yet to get a feel."

Fantasy Tip: After missing all of the 2013 season due to injury, Feliz bounced back with a 1.99 ERA and 13 saves in 30 outings in 2014. He'll need to regain the juice on his heater to return to pre-2013 levels, but Feliz is worth a cheap gamble as a saves option at the end of standard drafts.

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Rangers | Kyuji Fujikawa likely for setup role

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:13:43 -0800

Texas Rangers RP Kyuji Fujikawa is expected to serve as the team's setup man to closer Neftali Feliz, joining RPs Alex Claudio, Roman Mendez and Tanner Scheppers in the back end of the bullpen.

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Rangers | Closer job is Neftali Feliz's to lose

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:12:53 -0800

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz is penciled in as the closer heading into spring training, and it is considered his job to lose.

Fantasy Tip: Feliz could find himself with plenty of save chances, as when the Rangers win they are unlikely to blow many people out. He could be a fabulous fantasy option in 2015 if he secures the job.

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Rangers | Neftali Feliz avoids arbitration

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:18:38 -0800

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz agreed to a one-year, $4.125 million contract with the team Thursday, Jan. 15, and will avoid arbitration.

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Rangers | Neftali Feliz working to regain form

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:17:29 -0800

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz has hired a personal trainer to help him with his offseason workouts this year as he attempts to arrive at spring training in the best shape of his career. Last year, Feliz went 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 13 saves in 14 tries in 30 games. However, Feliz wasn't throwing as hard as he did before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012, and he compensated by throwing more offspeed pitches. Feliz's velocity may return the further he is removed from the surgery.

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Rangers | Kyuji Fujikawa in setup role

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:57:23 -0800

The Texas Rangers are expected to use RP Kyuji Fujikawa in a setup role for RP Neftali Feliz.

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Rangers | Neftali Feliz's velocity down

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:05 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz's average fastball velocity is down from 96.3 mph, during his 2010 and 2011 stints as closer, to 92.2 this season. His heat has been inconsistent from outing to outing, as well. Feliz said he's aware of the drop-off but is focusing more on making sure he stays in the lower part of the strike zone. He said that the change in his role could cause him to throw harder, too, because "Obviously, there is more energy and adrenaline. You have to do your job with a sense of urgency."

Fantasy Tip: Saves-desperate fantasy owners should grab him with the hope he'll improve, whether it be via the intangible factor of closing or simply more time on the mound since his 2012 surgery.

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