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July 13, 2011

Wednesday Rangers notes, Scott Feldman edition

The Rangers are traveling to Seattle this evening. Much of the All-Star contingent departed Phoenix late Tuesday and arrived in Arlington early this morning. In between, the Rangers have done some noteworthy things.

Scott Feldman, according to a report, has been placed on outright waivers. The club does not make comment on players going through waivers. Feldman could be claimed by another team, traded to another team, release or assigned to the minors.

The Rangers, though, are hopeful that Feldman clears and accepts assignment to Triple A Round Rock. That would keep them from having to add him to the 40-man roster as he comes of the 60-day DL and also give them a stretched-out big-league option for the rotation.

It had been speculated that Feldman would replace Derek Holland in the rotation after the All-Star break until Holland threw a complete-game shutout in his last start. Holland will start the second-half opener Thursday.

Feldman, though, has the right to refuse an assignment to Triple A and become a free agent. Any club could sign him for the prorated league minimum salary, and the Rangers would be left to flip the bill for the remainder of his contract -- roughly the $1.85 million left this year, $6.5 million next year and a $600,000 buyout for 2013.

In other pitching news, though not nearly as significant, right-handers Seth McClung and Manny Delcarmen have been released from Triple A Round Rock. One of the roster spots could go to Feldman.

Update your calendars: Saturday's game at Seattle has been pushed back five minutes to 9:15 p.m. as the Mariners honor the 2001 team, and Tuesday's game at Anaheim will now start at 9:25 p.m. as Gene Autry is inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame. Nolan Ryan will throw out the first pitch and receive his ring for his 1992 induction into the Angels' Hall.

The Rangers handed out their minor league awards for June. The honorees are: Hickory righty Nick Tepesch (Pitcher of the Month), Frisco third baseman Tommy Mendonca (Player of the Month), Frisco shortstop Guilder Rodriguez (Defender of the Month) and Hickory right Ryan Rodebaugh (Reliever of the Month).

Spokane righty Matt West has been suspended 10 games by the Northwest League for his part in a brawl Monday against Vancouver. It originally was a six-game suspension. Infielder Rougned Odor was busted for four games, and righties Santo Perez and Jose Monegro got three games each.

-- Jeff Wilson

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