Buzz: Scott Feldman will make spot start Wednesday
After strongly hinting for several days that Scott Feldman would start Wednesday against the Yankees, manager Ron Washington made it official.
Feldman hasn’t gotten much work as the long man in the Rangers’ bullpen, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two outings so far this season. He has a 29-28 record and 4.69 ERA in his career as a starter, including going 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 2009. Feldman made two spot starts late last season, going 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings.
“I just want him to give us what he has,” Washington said. “Hopefully he can give us four or five innings and then we can get something out of the bullpen.”
While Feldman is Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Washington didn’t rule out using the 29-year-old righty tonight if the need arises. If that happens, lefty rookie Robbie Ross will start Wednesday and the Rangers will use most of the bullpen to get through the game.
Some other notes:
*Mitch Moreland is back in the lineup at first base after being used as a pinch hitter the last two games, when the Rangers faced left-handed starters. Moreland has struggled all season, hitting .152 with one homer and four RBIs in 33 at-bats.
“Just caught in between now, not having any luck either,” Washington said of Moreland’s problems at the plate. “I’m hoping we can get him four or five days in a row with right-handers out there and he can get it ironed out.”
Washington acknowledged that Moreland, who has a career .230 average against lefties 139 at-bats, with only one home run, will probably be a platoon player for the foreseeable future.
“I’m trying to get the best lineup out there according to who we’re facing,” Washington said. “That’s not to say you won’t see him out there against lefties, but I can’t tell you when that will be.”
*The Rangers’ rotation will resume its regular order after Thursday’s day off, Washington said. Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis will start the in the three-game home series against Tampa Bay. … Mike Napoli will catch Yu Darvish for the third time after playing first base in the Japanese phenom’s previous start. Napoli sported a “Yu Is My Homeboy” T-shirt in the clubhouse before the game.
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