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Rangers dump Scott Feldman from rotation for Martin Perez

Sep 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Scott Feldman has been in and out of the Rangers’ rotation all season, but it looks like he’ll finish the year in the bullpen after a demotion there yesterday.

Ron Washington decided to make a change after Feldman coughed up six runs in just 2.2 innings against the Mariners on Saturday, so the Rangers will bump him to the bullpen while moving rookie Martin Perez into the rotation.

Perez made three starts for the Rangers earlier this season, allowing seven runs in 17 innings, and tossed 4.1 scoreless innings Saturday in relief of Feldman. He’s been considered one of the game’s top pitching prospects for the past 3-4 years, but Perez’s numbers in the minors this season weren’t particularly impressive and the Rangers are definitely taking a risk by relying on the 21-year-old.

On the other hand Feldman went 5-11 with a 5.52 ERA in 20 starts for a team that’s 87-59, so Perez won’t have to be great to represent a major upgrade.

  1. APBA Guy - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    As the race in the AL West tightens up, the 5th starter spot gets increasing attention. For the A’s, Dan Straily fills that role after the injury to McCarthy bumped everyone else up in the rotation. Straily was on display yesterday. The Angels are unsettled at # 5 also, with Jerome Williams. If any team gets an edge there it could be worth a win before the end of the season, and one win in the next 16 games could be very important as tight as things are becoming.

    • thereisaparty - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Coolstandings puts the Rangers’ chances of winning the division at 77.7% and the Angels’ at 0.4% – the race isn’t that tight.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        “Things” referring to the plural, meaning both the race for the division and the race for wild card spots.

  2. beefytrout - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Not only were Perez’ innings scoreless on Saturday, they were hitless as well, with only one BB. Removing Feldman from the rotation was a move that needed to be made. He looked like he had turned things around awhile back, but those days are gone.

    • thereisaparty - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      My whole point campaigning for Oswalt taking the 5th spot in the rotation was that Feldman had not turned things around. A string of quality starts is not predictive that his next one will also be quality. We should not be disillusioned by the most recent results. He had a pleasant lucky streak, but regression to being Scott Feldman was bound to happen. Feldman isn’t this bad either, but he is a replacement-level starter. We have seen enough of him to know his talent, and it is not worthy of a spot in an MLB rotation.

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