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Royals place Neftali Feliz on paternity list

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 01: Kansas City Royals Pitcher Neftali Feliz (43) delivers a pitch during game 1 of a MLB split-doubleheader between the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins on July 1, 2017 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Royals defeated the Twins 11-6.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)
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[UPDATE]: With right-hander Neftali Feliz being reinstated from the club’s paternity list, the Kansas City Royals have officially returned fellow right-hander Miguel Almonte to Triple-A Omaha.

The Kansas City Royals have officially placed right-handed relief pitcher Neftali Feliz on their paternity list, the club announced on Friday afternoon. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Royals have also elected to recall fellow right-handed relief pitcher Miguel Almonte from Triple-A Omaha.

It is also worth noting that Almonte is currently ranked as the Royals’ No. 15 overall prospect and No. 8 pitching prospect, according to MLB.com.

The 29-year-old Feliz has split the 2017 campaign between the Royals and Milwaukee Brewers while already making seven relief appearances for Kansas City. Over the course of 36 regular-season relief appearances in all this time around, the veteran right-hander has compiled a 5.29 ERA in addition to a 1-5 record, eight saves, one hold and one blown save. He has also managed 27 strikeouts against 17 walks.

After originally breaking into the big league level back in 2009 as a member of the Texas Rangers, he has since become quite the journeyman as of late. Since departing Texas midway through the 2015 campaign, he has since suited up for the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Brewers and Royals. For his major league career, Feliz has produced a 3.41 ERA over the course of 344 regular-season appearances, seven starts and a total of 377.1 innings of work.

On the other hand, the 24-year-old Almonte is currently in the midst of his second big league campaign after originally making his Royals debut in 2015. Failing to appear in a regular-season game for Kansas City last season, he has since made a pair of relief appearances in 2017. For his big league career, Almonte has managed a 7.59 ERA across 11 regular-season relief appearances and 10.2 innings of work in all.

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