The Reds have designated right-handed reliever Michael Feliz for assignment, tweets C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. He’d been on a minor league rehab assignment that had drawn to a close, and the Reds opted against adding him back to the MLB roster. Cincinnati now has 38 players on its 40-man roster.
Feliz, 28, was a May waiver claim by the Reds out of the Pirates organization and appeared in nine games before landing on the injured list with a sprained right elbow. He yielded a dozen runs on 13 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts during his brief time in the organization.
The elbow injury ultimately sidelined Feliz for more than two months, but he recently wrapped up a rehab assignment and is apparently healthy now. The Reds determined their current bullpen group to be sufficient, clearly, and because Feliz is out of minor league options, he’ll now be exposed to outright waivers or released.
Feliz posted an impressive 30.5 percent strikeout rate and a 3.99 ERA in 56 1/3 innings with Pittsburgh back in 2019, but command problems and arm injuries have hindered him throughout his big league career. He’s missed time with shoulder and forearm injuries prior to this year’s elbow troubles. In 241 MLB innings between Houston, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, the hard-throwing Feliz owns a 5.38 ERA with a 30 percent strikeout rate and a 9.9 percent walk rate.