ARLINGTON -- Scott Feldman took the final step in his recovery from microfracture surgery on his right knee on Friday when he pitched for the Rangers for the first time since he was activated from the 60-day disabled list on July 14.
"Everything felt pretty good," Feldman said. "My knee felt good, my arm was nice and rested, so everything felt good."
Feldman struck out one as he tossed a scoreless ninth inning. He impressed Rangers manager Ron Washington with his performance.
"He had good sink, good life and he threw strikes," Washington said. "To [have not] pitched in that many days, you would be looking for him to be erratic, but he wasn't. That just goes to show you that they've been working. He came in and he pounded the strike zone."
Feldman, a converted starter, had not pitched in the week since returning before being put in the game on Friday.
"You've got to stay ready. The way the starters have been pitching, we haven't really been needed out there, which is a good thing. I hope that they keep pitching well, and we're just going to try to stay sharp out there as well as we can."
Feldman said it's important to look at veteran relievers to learn how best to adjust to pitching out of the bullpen.
"It's a lot different," Feldman said. "You've got to watch what [Darren] Oliver does, Arthur Rhodes -- they've been doing it for a long time. It's a lot different than starting, because you have to get your own little routine going."