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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned left-hander Aaron Poreda.

Feierabend and long reliever Scott Baker are the two candidates to get the start against the Angels Sunday, but as of Saturday afternoon, Rangers manager Ron Washington said he didn't know which one of them it would be. He said the decision would be made after Saturday's game with the Angels.

"I don't know," Washington said. "If we decide to go to Baker, [Feierabend] could be our long guy in the bullpen. If we decide to go with [Feierabend], then Baker stays in the bullpen."

Feierabend will become the 50th player used by the Rangers this season, which is a Major League record prior to the All-Star break. The Royals used 48 in 2004. He will become the 30th pitcher used this season by the Rangers, which is a single-season club record.

The left-handed pitcher had signed contracts with Seattle, Cincinnati and Philadelphia before the Rangers acquired him in January 2013. Feierabend had Tommy John surgery in 2009 and admitted that there was a time he wondered if he'd make it back to the Majors.

"After coming back from surgery, everyone expects that things are going to be just like they were before," Feierabend said. "Going from being a prospect with Seattle to basically a nobody finding myself in independent ball two years ago -- sure, I had times where I thought I was going to have to retire being 26 years old. But I'm glad I stuck with it, and I'm glad that the Rangers took a chance on me."

Washington said that Feierabend has been throwing the ball well, and has a strong slider.

Baker has appeared in 14 games for the Rangers this season, and has started three. He's been Washington's go-to long reliever, and the manager has praised Baker on more than one occasion for saving a busy bullpen.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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