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Houston Astros Place Feldman on DL; Recall RHP Feliz from AA

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The Houston Astros announced on Twitter that SP Scott Feldman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus.

According to the team, Feldman sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball during his last start against the Baltimore Orioles on May 26. Feldman got the win in that start. He will be out approximately six weeks.

On the season, the 32-year old Hawaiian-born Feldman has had an up and down year, going 4-4 with a 4.80 ERA/1.37 WHIP. He started off strong in his first start against the Cleveland Indians, but has been rocked for 4+ runs in three of his ten starts. For the team, he has given up the most earned runs of any starting pitcher with 32. However, he is tied with Dallas Keuchel with the most quality starts (7) in the rotation.

Feldman is in his second year with the Houston Astros, as he was signed prior to the 2014 campaign to add a veteran presence to the young rotation. For his career in Houston, Feldman is 12-16 with a 4.01 ERA.

In a corresponding move, the team has called up RHP Michael Feliz from the AA Corpus Christi Hooks to take Feldman’s place on the MLB roster.

You may remember that the Houston Astros nearly allowed Feliz, the team’s fifth-ranked prospect, to go unprotected in the December Rule 5 draft. Feliz is also ranked 92 overall on the MLB’s top 100 list.

This promotion for Feliz comes just days after he was promoted to AA Corpus Christi, similar to the Lance McCullers call-up. For the Hooks, Feliz made one appearance, pitching 4.0 innings, giving up one earned run on one hit while striking out seven batters. During his time with the Lancaster JetHawks this season, Feliz made eight appearances including five starts for 32.2 innings, giving up 16 earned runs while striking out 33 batters.

Feliz is due to work out of the bullpen during his stint in Houston. This marks the third Astros prospect, behind McCullers and Preston Tucker, to get called up this season.

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