The Dodgers are making moves ahead of their series with the Padres. The main one was activating Julio Urias off of the injured list. After missing a little over a week with a calf contusion, Julio gets the ball in game 1.
But to make room for Urias on the active roster, the Dodgers designated RHP Neftalí Féliz for assignment. That means that Féliz can either elect free agency or remain with the team and accept a minor league assignment.
The timing does seem odd given that the Dodgers didn’t give Feliz much of a chance. He pitched in just 1 game on Sunday afternoon and tossed a scoreless outing. His fastball looked decent and his slider induced a few whiffs as well. The former All-Star closer had previously warmed up in several games for Los Angeles but never entered.
But his dream of getting back to the big leagues came true with the Dodgers. Feliz has bounced around since his days with the Rangers and has not found much success. But his brief stint with Los Angeles should be enough for a contender to want to see more out of him.
The Dodgers will more than likely lose him to free agency at some point this week. Add his name to the long list of guys who have come in and out of the bullpen over the course of the 2021 season.