Observations from Neftali Feliz's rehab start

July, 16, 2012
7/16/12
9:07
PM CT
FRISCO, Texas – Texas Rangers starter Neftali Feliz threw 40 pitches in two innings for Double-A Frisco in his first rehab start on Monday. You can read all about that here. But a few thoughts:

*The bottom line: He felt good after the start and is slated to pitch three innings Friday at Triple-A Round Rock.

*His fastball was consistently 93 to 95 mph -- and even touched 96 twice on the stadium gun -- in the first inning, but the command wasn’t there. The pitch was too high and he issued two walks. But for Double-A hitters, when a fastball comes in at 95 mph and then a slider looks like it’s going to find part of the plate at 82 mph, it’s tough not to swing. Feliz got two strikeouts in the first, one swinging at a slider.

*Feliz took something off the fastball in the second in an effort to locate it better, and it worked. He was throwing around 92 mph, but found the plate. He mixed in a steady diet of curveballs and sliders, along with a few changeups. He needed just 11 pitches (10 strikes) to get through the inning. Feliz had good movement on the curveball, which was coming in at around 79 mph.

*He had a chance to make a play on a comebacker in the first and wasn’t able to get a glove on it. The ball went over the mound and over second base. An errant throw by second baseman Leury Garcia allowed a run to score, the only one Feliz allowed.
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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