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Wilson, Feldman may swap starts

Wilson, Feldman may swap starts

NEW YORK -- The Rangers may push C.J. Wilson back in the rotation.

The schedule is set up for Wilson to make his next start on Thursday against the Red Sox in Boston, with Scott Feldman pitching the next day against the Tigers in Arlington.

But the Rangers may flip the two -- a final decision has not been made.

"It's something we'll talk about," pitching coach Mike Maddux said.

The switch would serve three purposes.

Right now, Wilson follows Matt Harrison in the rotation. That means the Rangers' only two left-handed starters are pitching back-to-back. So by moving up Feldman, they insert a right-hander between the lefties.

Second, it keeps Wilson from pitching at Fenway Park, which has long been considered a tougher ballpark on left-handed pitchers.

Finally, Feldman pitches on Saturday against the Yankees. By bringing him back on Thursday, he will pitch on his normal four days' rest even though the Rangers have a day off on Monday.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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