ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers have made a switch in their pitching rotation and will go with rookie left-hander Martin Perez Friday in Seattle.
Perez will take the rotation spot of Scott Feldman (6-11). Feldman allowed six runs in 2 2/2 innings Saturday and was replaced by Perez, who pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
“He’s been very aggressive,” Texas manager Ron Washington said of Perez. “He’s been keeping the ball down and he’s been showing tremendous improvement. He’s a very good competitor. We’re going to give him an opportunity to take a few starts the rest of the way.”
Feldman, who has been in and out of the rotation all season, started the season 0-6 but then won six-consecutive decisions. He’s lost his last five though and his ERA is now 5.32.
Perez, who made three starts for the Rangers earlier this year, is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in nine appearances. He’s excited about the opportunity to start for the Rangers down the stretch. In three relief outings since being called up in September, he has a 1.93 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.
His 4 1/3 hitless Saturday made him the first Texas reliever to have an outing of at least 4 1/3 hitless and scoreless innings since Mark Brandenburg in 1996.
He will approach his start with confidence gained from his recent pitching.
“I’ve been feeling good,” he said. “There is a change between starting and being in the bullpen in the preparing. That’s now what I’ve got to do to get ready.”