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