ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were happy with the reports they received on pitcher Neftali Feliz from his start for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, but he is not ready to return to the big league club. The current plan is for him to get two more starts, with the next one on Sunday for Round Rock at Memphis.
Feliz threw three scoreless innings against Albuquerque on Tuesday, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out three. He threw 54 pitches. In his previous outing, Feliz pitched just 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs.
"This was far better," Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "Much more intensity, much more of a professional approach, a lot more competing, much better on the attack."
The Rangers are hoping Feliz can throw 75-80 pitches over five innings and then have one more start before he is activated. He has been on the disabled list since May 19 with a sprained right elbow.
"I got a lot better," Feliz sid. "Last time, I wasn't throwing my pitches in the strike zone. This time, I was having good results. I feel better since I lost five pounds. I'm trying to get strength on my body. That's something I think I need to work on."