BALTIMORE -- Scott Feldman was in the Rangers' bullpen for Thursday's doubleheader, and he will also be available for at least the first couple of games of this weekend's series against the Angels.
If Feldman is not needed or used sparingly, he will start on Monday against the Royals. But the Rangers still want him to be ready out of the bullpen for the next few days."We've got to try and win," manager Ron Washington said. "If he can help us win, we're not going to hold him back. When we're home, we'll do whatever is necessary."
The Rangers need a sixth starter for Monday's game because Colby Lewis and Derek Holland had to start Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles. Texas doesn't want to bring back either one on three days' rest. This would be Feldman's second spot start of the season. He started against the Yankees on April 25 and allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings. The Rangers ended up winning, 7-3, and Feldman has pitched just three times since then. The right-hander is a long reliever for a rotation that is averaging over six innings per start. Only twice in 30 games has a Texas starter pitched less than five innings in an outing, and one of those was Feldman. His five appearances out of the bullpen are the fewest of the Rangers' seven relievers. "On a personal level, it is tough but it is a team game," Feldman said. "The tough part is trying to stay sharp. I felt when I was coming out of Spring Training, I felt I was as good as I've ever been, as far as being sharp and confidence in all my pitches. It's tough trying to keep that going through bullpen sessions and the occasional inning."