Saturday, July 24, 2010
Clubhouse notes: Rotation, Harden, Holland
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A quick look at the Rangers' rotation plans and what tonight may mean to Scott Feldman:
* The Rangers are committed to getting as many starts out of Cliff Lee as possible, so he is sticking to his routine and pitching every five days no matter when the off days pop up on the schedule.
That means he's going to pitch Tuesday in the first game against Oakland and again on Sunday in the finale in Anaheim. But doing that also switches the pitchers behind him.
C.J. Wilson has benefitted from pitching the day after a Lee start in Boston and against the Angels. Now, he'll pitch the final game of the three-game set against Oakland following Colby Lewis, who goes Wednesday. He will get the advantage, though, of watching Lee pitch against the A's lineup on Tuesday and can use that in formulating his game plan for Thursday's game.
As of now, Scott Feldman would pitch on Friday and Tommy Hunter on Saturday. It's doubtful that would change. But what if Feldman struggles tonight against the Angels and Rich Harden is good in his rehab start in Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday? The club could, if they choose, flip Hunter and the Feldman spot and move Harden into the rotation on Saturday. Again, that's just me throwing something out there, but the door is open for them to do it if they felt it was needed. Feldman needs to show something tonight. My bet is he will. We'll see.
* LHP Derek Holland is scheduled to throw five innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday. He'll keep building up from there.
* OF Josh Hamilton said his right shoulder sometimes tightens up on him, but it's just part of the bumps and bruises of the season. Many of you on our in-game chat noticed Hamilton loosening up his shoulder after a big swing and miss in an at-bat on Friday. He said he's fine and that he sometimes gets a little tightness after missing some pitches.
* You can read all about the catchers and Matt Treanor's DL stint here. There's also some thoughts from Teagarden here.