Feliz feeling better, could be on mound soon

Feliz feeling better, could be on mound soon

Feliz feeling better, could be on mound soon
ARLINGTON -- Neftali Feliz is not expected to return from the disabled list until after the All-Star break, but he should be on a mound before then.

Feliz, who was shelved with right elbow inflammation on May 21, began throwing last week when the Rangers were in San Diego. Texas is set to play a three-game series with the White Sox beginning Tuesday in Chicago, where Feliz believes he will continue his rehab in the bullpen. It would be the first time he threw from a mound in nearly seven weeks.

"Every day I'm working a lot. I'm feeling better and better," Feliz said. "I'll try to go to Chicago and throw a bullpen. I don't know what day it is, but I'm going to throw a bullpen in Chicago."

Feliz went 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA before landing on the DL. He struck out 37 and walked 23 in 42 2/3 innings, holding opposing hitters to a .187 batting average.

An All-Star closer two years ago, Feliz has expressed his desire to return to the rotation, but he said the club hasn't decided what his responsibilities will be when he returns.

"Nobody's told me anything about what I'm going to do. It's not my decision, though," Feliz said. "If I went to the bullpen, I'd still be happy and help the team any way I could."

Feliz was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL on June 16. He is eligible to return to action on July 18.