The Cincinnati Reds have designated right-handed reliever Michael Feliz for assignment, as first reported by Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. We wrote about it on Sunday evening, wondering what move that the team would make with regards to Feliz (and Tejay Antone).
Cincinnati picked up Michael Feliz on waivers from Pittsburgh on May 14th. The team’s bullpen was struggling and Feliz had a 2.35 ERA in the first seven games of the season for the Pirates with just one walk and eight strikeouts. He struggled with the Reds in May and early June, though – culminating in a 4-hit, 5-run appearance against St. Louis in which he didn’t record an out before hitting the injured list. A month later he went on a rehab assignment, but it didn’t last a full week before he was recalled from it because his arm was not responding to the outings well.
Two weeks later he returned for another rehab assignment. The first five outings were inconsistent between Triple-A Louisville and High-A Dayton. But over the final two weeks of his rehab assignment he allowed just two hits in eight appearances while giving up one run, walking no one, and striking out seven batters – all with Louisville. His rehab time, however, came to an end and forced the Reds to take one of three options: Recall him from his assignment and keep him on the injured list, activate him to the 26-man roster (and 40-man roster since he was on the 60-day injured list at the time), or to designate him for assignment. The team chose the latter option.
The chance that he gets picked up seems high. Teams all over Major League Baseball are looking for anyone who can throw a baseball right now. Injuries are at an all-time high and anyone with a pulse seems to make sense for teams right now.
With Feliz being designated for assignment from the 60-man injured list, the team remains at 38 players on the 40-man roster since players on the 60-day injured list do not count towards the 40-man total. Tomorrow it’s expected that the team will activate Tejay Antone, giving them another roster move that must be made.