Scott Feldman has become sort of a forgotten man in Texas and missing part of the regular season and the Rangers’ entire playoff run with a knee injury and beginning this year on the disabled list.
However, he was their Opening Day starter last season after going 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 2009 and T.R. Sullivan reports that Feldman threw four scoreless innings in an extended spring training game yesterday and “could be getting close” to a minor-league rehab assignment.
Feldman didn’t pitch nearly as well as his 17 wins in 2009 would suggest, but he’s a 28-year-old pitcher with a 4.73 ERA in 78 career starts and the Rangers could definitely use another mid-rotation starter to eat some innings. Not to mention the fact that they’re paying him $4.4 million this season and owe Feldman another $6.5 million in 2012.
Brandon Webb is nowhere near joining the Rangers’ rotation, but Feldman, Neftali Feliz, and Tommy Hunter are all on the comeback trail.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: