Former Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz had his first outing with the Texas Rangers AAA affiliate the Round Rock Express on April 4th, and it was good. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Feliz threw 16 pitches and got four swings and misses on his way to a 1-2-3 inning where he struck out the side. Feliz was less than impressive during spring training after being very impressive during winter ball.
If Feliz can work his way back to the majors sooner rather than later that would be a good thing for the Texas Rangers organization as a whole. With names like Pedro Figueroa, Seth Rosin and Shawn Tollenson manning roles in the pen, it would be nice to see Feliz work his way back to the big club. Nothing against any of those men, as Rosin and Tollenson are both of to great starts, but having a healthy and effective Neftali Feliz back in the fold in Arlington can be nothing but a good thing. Neal Cotts struggled against Tampa on Saturday, and it would be nice to have another option to go to in a high stress situation like Cotts was in. The fact is, a healthy Neftali Feliz is better than a healthy Perdo Figueroa, Shawn Tollenson or Seth Rosin. We know what we are getting from Neftali Feliz if he is healthy, as to where we do not know much about the other pitchers yet.
So should the Texas Rangers rush him back after one good outing? I think not. We need to see more from the former all-star closer before he will be welcomed back to The Globe. Do I think he will make it back to Arlington before the end of May? I would count on it, if there is one thing I know about Neftali Feliz, it is that he wants to be with his teammates and he wants to get back to the World Series, and I believe that he will work very hard to try to make that happen for himself and his teammates.