April 21, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux (left) talks to starting pitcher Neftali Feliz (right) during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers send Neftali Feliz to minors

From Rookie of the Year to name on the cut list, that’s the way baseball go.

That’s the story for Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers. Feliz had entered 2014 Spring Training as a heavy favorite to land the closer job that earned him Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. Diminished velocity and poor results have resulted in the team sending him to Triple-A, according to Ian Fitzsimmons of 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas. Feliz, still recovering from Tommy John surgery, has posted a 90-94 MPH fastball, well below where manager Ron Washington wanted to see it, and has put up a 4.50 ERA in nine Spring Training games.

The Rangers’ closer job went to Joakim Soria, and Feliz, who very quickly left the clubhouse after being told he was no longer in the running, was left fighting for a job. Feliz will continue to build up arm strength at Round Rock and will hope that he gets another shot in the Major Leagues this year.

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