Rangers recall ex-closer Neftali Feliz from minors

NEW YORK - (AP) -- Former closer Neftali Feliz has been recalled by the struggling Texas Rangers from Triple-A Round Rock, adding a fresh arm to their taxed bullpen for an interleague series against the New York Mets.

Texas also optioned right-hander Ben Rowen to Round Rock and placed lefty Joe Saunders on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

Feliz, an All-Star in 2010 and the AL Rookie of the Year, was the closer on two Rangers teams that went to the World Series. He was one strike from clinching the title for Texas in 2011 before St. Louis rallied in Game 6.

The Rangers moved Feliz into the starting rotation two years ago, but he had Tommy John surgery on Aug. 1, 2012. Back in the bullpen, he struggled during spring training this year and was sent to the minors.

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