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July 14, 2011

Rangers GM Jon Daniels talks about Feldman, O'Day, Perez

General manager Jon Daniels addressed the four Rangers beat writers in Seattle about today's roster moves. He impressed upon the group multiple times that the moves involving Scott Feldman and Darren O'Day on the big-league roster in no way influenced the decision to promote top prospect Martin Perez to Triple A Round Rock.

Daniels also isn't thrilled that the club's request for outright waivers on Feldman was leaked to the media. He said it isn't fair for a player to have to answer questions about the process. There also appears to be no ill-will toward Feldman for exercising his right to refuse assignment to the minor leagues even though it hampers the Rangers' starting pitching depth.

The Rangers would likely use Feldman as a spot starter, possibly Tommy Hunter. If a starter is needed for more than just one turn through the rotation, Eric Hurley could be the first option. The Rangers are also looking at the starting-pitching market ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

Daniels on the Feldman waiver decision/process: "We prioritized having him continue to start and be ready in case we have an issue, over potentially a long role in the bullpen. We approached him with that. It's his right and prerogative to make a call. To his credit, he's worked extremely hard to come back from his injury. It's been a long road for him, and he felt like he wanted to contribute the best way he could."

Daniels on O'Day being optioned: "Darren has been one of the most effective setup men in the game the last couple years. He also was coming back off an injury. When he's right, he's pitching a lot. Those two go hand in hand. He's really crisp when he's been out there on a regular basis. This gives him a chance to get in games on a regular basis and get his work in. As soon as he's back to where we know he can be, I expect he's a guy we'll look to bring back to the club."

Daniels on Perez promotion: "Consistency in the strike zone. He's got three pitches that are above average when he's right. His command, especially in the lower half of the strike zone, has been a lot better. The natural maturation process, where things that happen out there ... that are out of your control he's handled well. He's minimized damage. He's been there for a year, a year and a half, and it was time for a challenge. He's done what we've asked him to do at Double A."

-- Jeff Wilson

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