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Clubhouse notes: Feldman keeping spot

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have no plans yet to change the rotation after Scott Feldman couldn't get out of the sixth inning Saturday night against the Angels and suffered his team-high ninth loss of the season.

Manager Ron Washington said Feldman's outing, in which he didn't allow a run in the first four innings, was a step in the right direction and that Feldman (5-9, 5.46 ERA) will start Friday's game in Anaheim, the first of a three-game set against the Angels.

"More than anything else, he's missing spots," Washington said. "The pitches he wanted to throw were the pitches, he's just missing spots. He wanted to throw that ball to [Jeff] Mathis, but he didn't want it up. If he had it down it might have been a different story, but he left it up. He didn't want to leave that ball up to [Erick] Aybar, but he did. He's just missing spots where earlier in the game he wasn't missing spots, he was hitting his spots."

Tommy Hunter will follow Feldman in Saturday's game, with Cliff Lee pitching the series finale, a Sunday afternoon affair.

*Washington said the club will continue to monitor pitcher Rich Harden's progress. Harden makes a Triple-A start Monday. Also, Washington said that Matt Harrison is not a consideration to move into the rotation.

*Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero is struggling through his first real slump of the season. In the first three games of the series, he's 1-of-11 with a double and a run scored. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Saturday and he's hitless in his last eight at-bats. Through 19 games in July, Guerrero is batting .197 (15-for-76) and has seen his batting average tail off from .339 to .309.

Ron Washington said he's not concerned. Washington said it's clear Guerrero, who played in the All-Star Game last week, is a little fatigued.

"It happens to every ballplayer during the course of a full season," Washington said. "Vlad is a great player, but he's only human. He'll work his way out of it. He's so mentally strong, he'll figure a way to come out of it. ... All it takes is one pitch and good contact and all of that is forgotten. As soon as he squares one ball up, he'll be rolling."

*Catcher Matt Treanor is wearing a full-length brace on his right leg to protect the strained posterior cruciate ligament he suffered in Friday's game. On Saturday, the club placed Treanor on the 15-day disabled list. On Sunday, he said he's optimistic that he'll be ready to play by the time the 15 days are up.

"I don't think it's unrealistic that I'll be back soon," said Treanor, who ditched his crutches after one day and said he's hopeful of removing the brace for most activities soon. "There's no doubt in my mind I'll be back playing. It's just a matter of if I'm ready at the end of the two-week stint or if I'm going to need a little longer. I'm gearing up for after the 15 days."

*The Rangers recalled catcher Taylor Teagarden from Double-A Frisco on Saturday to take Treanor's spot. He'll make his return to the lineup Thursday at Oakland and catch C.J. Wilson. He'll also start Sunday's series finale in Anaheim, catching Cliff Lee, Washington said.

*With two sellouts in the first three games against the Angels, the Rangers, through 53 home dates, are 27,372 ahead of last season's pace. The club will hit the 1.5-million mark tonight in the 54th home game, the earliest since 2007 (48th date).

*Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura had front-row seats just behind the Rangers' on-deck circle. Seated one row behind him was former Rangers president and U.S. ambassador Tom Schieffer.