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Friday, April 20, 2012
Scott Feldman likely to start Wednesday

By Richard Durrett

DETROIT -- The rain means the Texas Rangers will need a sixth starter for the first time in 2012. That job falls to Scott Feldman, who is the probable starter for Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees (though nothing has been made official yet).

Feldman, 29, won 17 games as a starter in 2009, but ended up moving to the bullpen late in the 2010 season after struggling as a starter. He had microfracture surgery on his right knee at the end of the 2010 season and missed the first half of 2011.

He pitched out of the bullpen when he returned after the All-Star break last year, going 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 32 innings. That included two spot starts late in the season.

Manager Ron Washington said he expects Wednesday to be a bullpen game and that Feldman could throw maybe 50 or 60 pitches. The club has an off day Thursday.

"I'll be ready for it," said Feldman, who pitched 1 1/3 innings in Thursday's game. "There's only so much I can do. When I'm not in the game, I try to stay ready by throwing bullpens. Last night, I was able to see some hitters up there, so that's always nice to get in some games."

Feldman said it's been an adjustment for him to get used to not pitching on any kind of set schedule. He's only thrown 2 1/3 innings all season and has allowed no runs on one hit.

"I'd rather be pitching more, but I'm getting my work in when I can," Feldman said.