SEATTLE -- Rangers right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman will be activated prior to tonight's game with Seattle, according to sources.
Feldman, 28, rejected an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and will be in the bullpen tonight. He has been rehabbing in the minors since recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee this offseason (Feldman had surgery two days after the World Series).
FoxSports.com first reported Wednesday that Feldman had been placed on outright waivers. But because Feldman has more than five years of service time, he had the right to reject an outright assignment. That forced the Rangers to either release him and pay his remaining salary or activate him. Feldman does give the club someone who can spot start if necessary and give them long innings. That could mean optioning RHP Yoshinori Tateyama to the minors.
Feldman was 3-1 with a 4.17 ERA in 10 starts between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock (eight of those starts at Triple-A) with 32 strikeouts and 11 walks in 49 2/3 innings. He is owed $4.4 million this season and $6.5 million in 2012. After that, the club can buy him out for $600,000 or pick up the option for 2013 at $9.25 million.
Feldman struggled in 2010, going 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA in 29 games (22 starts) and then dealt with the injury. In 2009, Feldman 17-8 with a 3.79 ERA in 31 starts, finishing tied for fourth in the AL in wins and seventh in winning percentage. If he can find that sinker and the control he showed in 2009, he could certainly help the bullpen.