Neftali Feliz to start year at Triple-A

Updated: March 25, 2014, 9:21 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Neftali Feliz has gone from the front-runner for the Texas Rangers' closer job to starting the season at Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers optioned the reliever to the minors on Tuesday. Last week, the club announced that Joakim Soria would be the closer and that Feliz would be competing for a spot in the bullpen.

Feliz, 25, struggled with his velocity and command during spring training after reports were positive from his winter ball experience. His fastball sat in the 92-93 mph ...

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