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Notes: Scott Feldman close to activation

7/6/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman is scheduled to make his final rehab start on Sunday, just before the All-Star break begins.

Feldman, who is coming back from microfracture surgery on his right knee, has been stretching out as a starter. The club must recall him from the rehab assignment on Monday (assuming he doesn't aggravate the injury) and then would activate him later in the week shortly after the second half begins.

What will Feldman's role be? That's what the Rangers have to decide. He could go into the bullpen and become the primary long man, freeing up Tommy Hunter to stay in a late-inning setup role. Or he could slide into Derek Holland's spot in the rotation and Holland could go to the bullpen.

It means Holland has a big start on Thursday. He didn't get out of the first inning in his last one and gets a chance to show the club he can bounce back from it against the A's on Thursday.

"He can be a real shot in the arm for us," general manager Jon Daniels said about Feldman. "If he's got that cutter and sinker working, he gets guys out. He's very motivated. He wants to be a part of what we're doing an contribute."

Other notes:

* Mitch Moreland is back in the lineup tonight. He had the last two nights off and is 5-for-38 in his last 11 games. Manager Ron Washington said Moreland seemed to be "trying too hard" and wanted to give him a few days to clear his head.

* Nomar Mazara, the 16-year-old outfielder the club signed from the Dominican Republic for a bonus of more than $5 million, was at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to take his physical and get in some batting practice. He was watched by a bunch of Rangers officials, including Washington, CEO Nolan Ryan, Daniels and even Josh Hamilton. Mazara was hitting the ball to all fields and is a big kid at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. We'll have more a little later on him.

* Chris Davis (groin) is listed as day-to-day and should be back in the Triple-A Round Rock lineup soon.

* Baltimore is one of two teams that employs the shift against Hamilton, moving an extra infielder to guard against Hamilton pulling the ball. Washington said he doesn't want Hamiton trying to hit the ball the other way when the shift is on because the opposing teams (only Baltimore and Tampa Bay do it against him regularly) are clearly pitching him inside. So he believes Hamilton can hit the ball through the shift or over it. He hit a single through it on Tuesday.