Bone bruise sends Feldman to DL

Bone bruise sends Feldman to DL

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman went on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his right knee on Monday. Feldman was placed on the DL so that Rich Harden could be activated and start against the Twins on Monday.

Feldman received a cortisone shot on Monday, and that will keep him down for 72 hours. Then he is expected to begin a throwing program and should be back at some point in September.

Feldman said he is not sure how he suffered the injury. But it came to the surface on Saturday when he warmed up to come into the game against the Orioles, but had to be pulled because the knee was too painful.

"It just got worse and worse," Feldman said. "Finally, the last game, I couldn't throw the ball without feeling the leg would give out."

With Feldman gone, Texas' bullpen has Darren O'Day, Alexi Ogando and Frank Francisco from the right side, and Darren Oliver, Matt Harrison and Michael Kirkman from the left side. Neftali Feliz remains the closer.

Dustin Nippert, who was the Rangers' long man for much of the season, remains on the DL. He has been out since July 20 after getting hit in the head with a line drive in Detroit, but he is on a throwing program in Arizona, and he could go on a rehab assignment at some point later this week. The Rangers expect him to be activated in September.