Neftali Feliz scratched from minor league rehab start with renewed elbow discomfort

Sunday, July 29, 2012

It’s difficult to watch your favorite team go down the tubes. That’s what’s going on to our Texas Rangers.

Half the team is in a slump, we can’t seem to sign any pitching help, and now this:

With elbow injuries, where there’s smoke there’s usually a raging fire. Which is why there is reason to be very concerned about the Rangers’ Neftali Feliz.

He was scratched from a rehab start Sunday at Double-A Frisco because of renewed elbow discomfort, writes MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, and there is “no word yet on when he will pitch again.”

Feliz has been on the disabled list since late May with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that often leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. If he needs it, he’ll be out until at least August of 2013.

Feliz, 24, had a 3.16 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 42 2/3 innings before suffering the UCL sprain.

He owns a stellar 2.67 career ERA and has fanned 201 batters in 205 1/3 total major league frames.

Oakland and the Angels are just about to catch the Rangers. It was fun while it lasted.