BOSTON -- Scott Feldman is getting another start. Manager Ron Washington said Saturday that the Rangers have decided to pitch Feldman on Monday against the Rays so that Alexi Ogando can get a break.
The move is similar to what they did with Matt Harrison earlier this week. Feldman stepped in on Tuesday against the Rays and pitched six scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory at Rangers Ballpark.
Ogando, in his first full season as a starter, is 12-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 26 starts, but he is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his last seven appearances. The Rangers believe he could use a mental break more than anything.
"Just like we did with Harrison, we feel like he needs to miss a start," Washington said. "He'll throw in the bullpen one day and maybe catch his second wind. The velocity is fine coming out of his hand. It's an adjustment. When things aren't happening the way you want it, it becomes mental -- not hitting the strike zone and not knowing what to do."
Harrison, after being skipped on Tuesday, threw two scoreless innings in relief on Wednesday and will start Sunday against the Red Sox. Then he will get another extended rest and not pitch again until Sept. 13. The Rangers don't play on Thursday or the following Monday, two off-days that will allow everybody to get extra rest while C.J. Wilson pitches every fifth day.
After Feldman's start Monday, he'll be followed by Wilson and Derek Holland against the Rays. After Thursday's off-day, Colby Lewis, Ogando and Wilson will pitch in the three-game series against the Athletics.