ARLINGTON -- As of Monday afternoon, Rangers manager Ron Washington said Scott Feldman is starting on Friday night against the Royals. Washington said that just about 24 hours before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. "Scott is going to get his start," Washington said. "He is planning for his next start." That could change if the Rangers make a big trade for a starter before the Deadline, but as of Monday afternoon, there was little sign of that getting ready to happen. There was talk of the Red Sox moving Josh Beckett and the Phillies willing to trade Cliff Lee but nothing that gained traction.
The Rangers were mentioned as suitors, and they are being exhaustive in exploring every possibility out there. That includes possible reliever targets such as Kansas City's Jonathan Broxton, Colorado's Rafael Betancourt and Seattle's Brandon League. An industry source said the chances of Lee returning to the Rangers were "less than 1 percent." Both Lee and Beckett have big-money contracts that would make any trade difficult. At this point the Rangers rotation consists of Feldman, Roy Oswalt, Derek Holland, Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison. The Rangers may be content to go with that and reinforce the bullpen. Oswalt was on the mound Monday night against the Angels after missing a start because of tightness in his lower back. "Oswalt is just getting back from his back thing, we'll see how that goes," Washington said. "The rest ... so far have been very good. They've given us what they need." But that hasn't stopped the Rangers from looking at what's available. "There's always a need for starting pitching," Washington said. "If there's starting pitching that could help us, we're not going to run from it ... especially if it makes us better."