"He has plenty of options," Washington said. "I thought he performed very well. It was about options. Our options ... and he had options."Scott Feldman, who was optioned on Friday, has also been demoted on three separate occasions this year as the Rangers try to keep their bullpen strong by taking advantage of pitchers who have options. "If our pitching staff had been more stable, we could stop all that," Washington said. "If the pitching staff gets stable from here on out, the movement will stop." The Rangers made room for Wright on the 40-man roster by calling up pitcher Josh Rupe from Oklahoma and putting him on the 60-day disabled list. He is still sidelined with soreness in his right elbow. Kentucky honoring Wilkerson: Brad Wilkerson, who is playing this weekend three hours from his home in Owensboro, Ky., is being honored by his home state. The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recently announced that Wilkerson will be a part of the 2008 induction class. Wilkerson played at Apollo High School in Owensboro before going on to the University of Florida. He also played football, basketball and soccer. "It's a pretty big honor," Wilkerson said. "There are a lot of big names in there." There are, a list that includes Muhammad Ali, Pat Riley, John Unitas, Bear Bryant and Paul Hornung, among many others. He said it: "I will never have a bad thing to say about him. He's the one that got me started in the outfield and got my career going. I thought he was a good manager. He dealt well with the players and made good decisions on the field." -- Outfielder Frank Catalanotto, on former Rangers manager Jerry Narron, now with the Reds Friday's Minor stars:
Gold: Class A Clinton third baseman John Whittleman was 4-for-5 in an 8-7 victory over Peoria. Silver: Double-A Frisco outfielder Anthony Webster was 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored in a 6-5 loss to Corpus Christi. Bronze: Oklahoma infielder Desi Relaford was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the RedHawks' 6-2 victory over New Orleans. Briefly: Ian Kinsler is 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts and is one of four Major Leaguers with at least that many stolen bases without having been caught. Julio Lugo (19), David Wright (15) and Johnny Damon (11) are the others. ... Adam Melhuse is expected to get his second start at catcher on Sunday. Coming up: Millwood pitches the third and final game of the series vs. Cincinnati at 12:15 p.m. CT on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Right-hander Bronson Arroyo will start for the Reds.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.