SEATTLE -- Yoshinori Tateyama is back in the big leagues. The Rangers called up Tateyama on Monday from Triple-A Round Rock after placing pitcher Neftali Feliz on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow. Tateyama goes into the bullpen while Scott Feldman will take Feliz's spot in the rotation. Tateyama, who began the season on the disabled list with tightness in his lower back, pitched in 12 games for Round Rock and was 1-0 with a 0.54 ERA. In 16 2/3 innings, he allowed 12 hits and four walks while striking out 14.
He was 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 39 games for the Rangers last season. "I love Tateyama," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's got a lot of heart and a lot of guts. He gives you what he's got and never complains about nothing. He'll take the ball." Tateyama said he has not had any trouble lately with the back problems that kept him from making the team out of Spring Training. "I had a good time in Triple-A," Tateyama said. "I was not good at the end of Spring Training. My mechanics weren't perfect, but I was able to adjust to it." Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club also considered calling up right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who is ranked by MLB.com as the Rangers' No. 10 prospect. But he hasn't been quite as consistent as Tateyama, going 0-2 with a 4.12 ERA. "In some ways he's the home run," Daniels said. "When I was down there, I saw one of his best outings. It's a matter of his consistency getting better. When he's consistently commanding the ball down in the zone, he can really help us."