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July 14, 2011

Scott Feldman in bullpen tonight, Rangers' starting depth in trouble

Scott Feldman has joined the team in Seattle, flying in from his home in San Francisco on Wednesday after rejecting the Rangers' assignment to Triple A. He will be in the bullpen tonight, according to two sources.

The Rangers had asked Feldman to accept assignment after clearing outright waivers so that he could continue to stay stretched out in case something happened to a member of the rotation. Derek Holland's rotation spot was thought to be at risk until he tossed a shutout just before the All-Star break and earned tonight's start in the second-half opener.

With Tommy Hunter also in the bullpen and Brandon Webb not expected to pitch this season, the Rangers' starting pitching depth is awfully thin. That could prompt them to seek a starter before the trade deadline or have a short leash with Holland.

Feldman, a starter for much of the past three seasons, has a 5.08 career ERA as a reliever, and is due roughly $9 million through next season.

-- Jeff Wilson

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After Holland "tanks" tonight, your prayers will be answered--5 days hence enter Feldman--Holland lefty in bullpen, Rhodes realeased and Yoshi called up!

How is starting pitching weak, when you have two forrmer starters in the bullpen that could be brought back in less than a week, plus you have guys at AAA that can come up for one start in a pinch. Don't assume that the current rotation will not just continue along just fine. They have looked good the last two weeks. IMHO,the Rangers should be looking for bullpen help unless an ACE is available like Cliff Lee was last year. Chris Davis is great trade bait for that! If they get the help, then you have too many pitchers if O'day gets his mojo back at AAA. Sept 1 roster expands to 40 and then you have guys like Martin Perez who might be helpful. Six weeks is six maybe seven starts for the staff so don't get all worried yet.

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