The Texas Rangers announced today that former Rookie of the Year closing-pitcher-turned-starter, Neftali Feliz, will undergo Tommy John surgery as the result of a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and is therefore out for the season and most of next season as well.
Feliz did a solid job in moving into the starting line-up this year before an elbow injury placed him on the disabled list.
Prior to his injury, he started seven games this season, going 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA with 37 strikeouts.
This injury is just one more in a long line of injuries that the Rangers pitching staff has suffered through this year. They recently lost fellow starter and post-season ace Colby Lewis for the season as well with a torn flexor tendon.
Along with the news of Feliz, John Daniels announced that starting pitcher Roy Oswalt, acquired from free agency in May, is headed to the bullpen after struggling mightily since coming to Arlington.
Earlier today, however, the pitching staff got a bit of good news as the franchise brought in thirty-five-year-old RHP Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs just minutes before the trade deadline.
It is expected that Dempster will slide right into the starting rotation for the Rangers along with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland.
The Rangers also expect Alexi Ogando back into the rotation, possibly as a starter, once he returns from his own rehab stint.
Though the Rangers still hold a slight lead in their division, it’s been a rough couple of months for the ball club with pitching injuries and an unusually stagnant offense.