Scott Feldman turned in an early contender for the feel-good story of the year. As Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle writes, Feldman lost his father to brain cancer earlier this week and did not travel with the team to Toronto. However, he decided to make his scheduled start on Friday night against the Rangers. Feldman said his father would have been upset if he had skipped the outing.
The Astros are happy he showed up. Feldman held the Rangers scoreless over seven innings, going toe-to-toe with Yu Darvish. Darvish flirted with a perfect game entering the sixth inning, even. Overall, Feldman allowed two hits and walked four while striking out three. The 31-year-old right-hander now has an 0.44 ERA on the season in 20 2/3 innings over three starts.
The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.
Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.
While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.