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Box Score Bits: Feliz throws in relief

4/26/2012

Yes, that was Texas Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz pitching in relief Wednesday, allowing a Raul Ibanez home run in the seventh inning. Don't worry; like Daniel Bard earlier this week, it's not uncommon for young pitchers to see in-game work in relief while waiting for their next starts. Feliz remains on track for perhaps 30 starts. Bard is another story.

New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday, telling reporters his strength and command are still lacking. Pettitte hasn't pitched in the majors since 2010. With Phil Hughes getting pounded again Wednesday (four runs in 2 2/3 innings), he could be replaced by Pettitte after two or three more starts. Add Pettitte now in deep leagues before the rush.

Atlanta Braves right-hander Julio Teheran allowed four runs and four walks in 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett, including home runs to fringe big leaguers Greg Golson and Conor Jackson. Teheran, seen as a potential option to replace demoted Jair Jurrjens (Tim Hudson will take his place) or Randall Delgado (5.74 ERA), is 21, and his command has been an issue, with 10 walks in 16 2/3 innings. Don't expect a promotion soon.

San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Wieland was promoted a few weeks ago, but is 0-3 after throwing six innings of two-run ball against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Wieland has allowed three runs in his past 15 innings, though. Don't expect Wieland to win much as a Padre, but his other numbers should be enticing.

San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez singled twice and raised his batting average to .321 on Wednesday, and has started three times in the past week. Sanchez started last season in Class A ball, and he'd likely be overwhelmed at the plate playing regularly. If he hits, though, Buster Posey will play more first base, which of course affects Brandon Belt, Brett Pill and other Giants. Sanchez, 22, isn't worth adding even in deep, multi-catcher leagues.

Miami Marlins second baseman Omar Infante provided his team's lone run Wednesday with a solo home run off New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey. Infante has five home runs, though only seven RBIs, unfortunately. His power surge is somewhat real, but even if he hits 15 more home runs, he wouldn't be a great fantasy option. Sell high while he's hitting over .300.