Rangers shake up their pitching staff a bit

Rangers shake up their pitching staff a bit

SAN DIEGO -- The Rangers' pitching staff will have a slightly new look heading into this weekend's series with the Rockies.

The big news was the callup of veteran righty Roy Oswalt from Triple-A Round Rock to a starting rotation hampered by injuries to the likes of Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz. Oswalt will start on Friday, and will assume the spot vacated by Tuesday's winner Scott Feldman, who will move back into the Rangers' bullpen.

Feldman was 0-6 with a 7.36 ERA over six starts heading into Tuesday's outing, but threw six innings of two-run ball to earn a win. Feldman will assume the role of long reliever, and his return to the 'pen restores the Rangers' relief staff to seven arms -- manager Ron Washington's preferred number.

"It's an advantage just to be back to seven relievers now," Washington said. "So far we've been very, very fortunate that we've been able to come out of the bullpen with the pieces we want to come out with. That's because our starters have been doing their job."

Washington also announced that rookie Justin Grimm will remain in the starting rotation and start on Monday, nine days after he won in his Major League debut against the Astros last Saturday. The 23-year-old was called up from Double-A Frisco, where he went 8-3 with a 1.87 ERA.

"What I liked more than anything else was his mound presence," Washington said of Grimm. "He showed that he can command the baseball, he has an idea of how to pitch. ... The kid got us into the sixth inning, he did a good job, so he deserves to get the ball again."