El Duque departure imminent.
The reality of Neftali Feliz’s imminent big league debut just
drew a little closer.
According to multiple local reports, the Rangers have told righthander
Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez that the club does not intend to purchase his
contract from Oklahoma City by Monday, the day he can unilaterally opt for free
agency if not in the big leagues. Texas has made the
determination that Feliz will get the first look in relief the next time a
reinforcement is needed, and accordingly the club is going to allow Hernandez to
leave, which they expect he will do.
The 39- or 43-year-old has a 2.45 ERA in eight relief
appearances for the RedHawks, scattering four hits and four walks over 11
innings while fanning 12, but despite the sparkling numbers, the Rangers don’t believe
his command or velocity is Major League-ready.