Feldman ready to end rehab assignment

Feldman ready to end rehab assignment

Feldman ready to end rehab assignment
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman will make the final start on his rehabilitation assignment this Sunday for Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers plan on activating Feldman after the All-Star break, but have not decided if he is returning as a starter or a reliever.

Feldman has been on the disabled list since the beginning of Spring Training, after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee on Nov. 3, 2010. Feldman is 3-1 with a 4.03 ERA in nine starts in the Minors.

If the Rangers move Feldman to the bullpen, it would likely force them to option reliever Yoshinori Tateyama back to Triple-A. Feldman would fill the role of long/middle reliever with Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter and Mark Lowe serving as the right-handed setup relievers.

Feldman was the Rangers' Pitcher of the Year in 2009, when he went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA. But he slipped to 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA last season, while spending time on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his right knee.