07/13/11 10:45 PM ET
Rangers plan to activate Feldman on Thursday
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Feldman, according to reports, has been placed on outright waivers, but will be with the Rangers and in their bullpen when they open a four-game series with the Mariners on Thursday at Safeco Field. The Rangers also made it clear they expect Feldman to be with the organization through the Mariners series and beyond.
If Feldman is claimed by another organization, that team would pick up the rest of his contract, which includes the remainder of his $4.4 million salary this season, $6.5 million for next season and a $600,000 option on a $9.25 million salary for 2013.
If he clears waivers, that doesn't necessarily mean that he will be outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock. He could remain with the Rangers in their bullpen. If he is outrighted, Feldman could become a free agent and, because he has at least five years of Major League service time, the Rangers would still be obligated for the remainder of his contract.
It is unlikely that the Rangers would outright Feldman without his prior consent to go to Round Rock, and he would continue in the role of a starting pitcher rather than working out of the bullpen at the big league level.
Feldman signed his current contract after going 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 31 starts and three relief appearances for the Rangers in 2009. He was 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA in 22 starts and seven relief appearances last season, before being shut down in September because of a sore right knee.
Feldman underwent knee surgery on Nov. 3, and has yet to pitch for the Rangers this season. He is 3-1 with a 4.17 ERA in 10 games in the Minor Leagues on two rehab assignments. Feldman's 30-day medical rehabilitation assignment has expired, and he either has to be activated or placed back on the disabled list.
The Rangers will likely option pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama back to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Feldman.
The Rangers announced on Wednesday that pitcher Matt West has been suspended an additional four games by the organization, on top of the six-game suspension he received from the Class A Northwest League on Tuesday, for a total of 10 games for Monday's on-field altercation between Spokane and Vancouver.
Infielder Rougned Odor (four games), pitcher Santo Perez (three games), and pitcher Jose Monegro (three games) also had suspensions announced on Tuesday by the league for their roles in Monday's incident.
The Rangers have released pitchers Seth McClung and Manny Delcarmen from Triple-A Round Rock. McClung was 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 19 games, while Delcarmen was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in eight games.
The Rangers announced the club's Minor League award winners for June on Wednesday. Right-hander Nick Tepesch was named Pitcher of the Month, infielder Tommy Mendonca was named Player of the Month, infielder Guilder Rodriguez was named Defender of the Month, and right-hander Ryan Rodebaugh was named Reliever of the Month.
As of Wednesday, the Rangers' Minor League teams were a combined 250-181 for a winning percentage of .580, which is the best of any farm system.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.