Neftali Feliz throws to batters, feels fine

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
10:19
PM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers starter Neftali Feliz said his right shoulder felt good in his four-inning, 68-pitch outing in a minor league game Tuesday night.

Feliz, 23, complained of a stiff shoulder during his start last Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz., against the Chicago Cubs. He was pulled from that start an inning early as a precaution and has taken extra time to make sure the shoulder was OK.

It was was the first time he had thrown to batters since his early exit last week.

"I felt good," said Feliz through a translator. "Everything was OK. I wasn't trying to throw hard, just trying to keep my pitches down."

Feliz allowed three runs, though only one was earned, on six hits in his four innings of work. He had one walk and three strikouts, and his fastball velocity increased as his outing progressed. Feliz touched 96 mph on the radar gun in his final two innings.

More to come at ESPNDallas.com.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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