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Brewers designate Neftali Feliz for assignment

Milwaukee intended to use Feliz as its closer after signing him this winter, though his struggles caused the team to move on.

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The Brewers designated reliever Neftali Feliz for assignment Wednesday, per a club announcement. The move opened room for righty Matt Garza, who was reinstated from the disabled list.

Milwaukee signed Feliz to a one-year, $5.35 million deal to be its closer in mid-January, but he struggled to a 6.00 ERA while allowing eight homers in just 27 innings and saved only eight games for the club. The emergence of closer Corey Knebel led to Feliz being demoted out of the closer’s role and eventually cut by the team.

The Brewers will have seven days to trade or release Feliz, with the release option being more likely due to his contract. He will look to catch on with his fifth club in the last three seasons after stints with the Rangers, Tigers, Pirates and Brewers.

Feliz, now 29, was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2010 with Texas.