The Houston Astros have placed right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman on the 15-day Disabled List after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this morning to repair a torn medial meniscus, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today.
Feldman sustained the injury in his last start (Tuesday at Baltimore) while fielding a ground ball. He earned the victory in that start, allowing just one run in 6.0 innings of work in the Astros 4-1 win. Feldman is 4-4 in 10 starts in 2015.
Right-handed pitching prospect, Michael Feliz, ranked #5 by MLB.com has been recalled from Double-A Corpus Christi to replace Feldman on the Major League roster. Feliz, who is scheduled to arrive at Minute Maid Park today, will pitch out of the bullpen. This will be the first Major League stint for the 21-year-old Feliz, who began the season at Class-A Lancaster before being promoted to Corpus earlier this week.
Originally signed by the Oakland A’s as a 16-year-old in 2010, Feliz’s contract was voided when he tested positive for steroids. The Dominican native eventually signed with the Astros after sitting out a 50-game suspension. He has shown vast potential on the mound with a plus-fastball, slider and average changeup. He has long been projected as a Major League frontline starter.
Feliz made one appearance for the Hooks, giving up just one hit and one run while tallying seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings of relief on Tuesday at Northwest Arkansas in a Corpus Christi 4-1 win. He was 1-1 in eight appearances (six starts) at Lancaster with a 4.41 ERA (11ER/32.2IP) with 12 walks and 33 strikeouts. In nine overall minor league appearances, Feliz has 40 strikeouts in 36.2 innings of work.