Oswalt remains in 'pen despite Feldman's struggles

Oswalt remains in 'pen despite Feldman's struggles

CLEVELAND -- The Rangers thought there would be interest in pitcher Roy Oswalt before Friday's deadline to trade players and have them eligible for the postseason. The Dodgers and the Nationals were among the teams reportedly looking for starting pitching.

Instead, the Rangers found there wasn't much interest in Oswalt, and he remains in their bullpen as a long reliever. Scott Feldman remains in the rotation, despite going 0-5 with a 6.35 ERA in his past five starts, and the Rangers aren't contemplating a change.

"If some new thing is an issue, you'll know," manager Ron Washington said. "Right now, there are no issues."

Oswalt is 4-2 with a 5.94 ERA in eight starts and three relief appearances since signing with the Rangers at the end of May. He has not pitched since a spot start against the Twins on Aug. 23.

"We probably have to get him in there at some point, but sometimes when you try to get your long reliever innings, something comes back to bite you," Washington said.

Oswalt was warming up in the first inning on Saturday night. Feldman allowed four runs that inning and Washington said he was one batter away from coming out of the game. But Feldman, after allowing the first five hitters to reach base, retired 18 of the last 20 hitters he faced and got the Rangers through six innings.