ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the fifth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Scott Feldman was one of the biggest surprises in baseball in 2009, when he went 17-8 to earn a spot as the Rangers' Opening Day starter in 2010.
From that point, things turned sour for Feldman, who suffered a knee injury and had began to struggle before having to end his season prematurely with knee surgery.
Now, he wants back in the rotation.
He came back in July of this year as a bullpen guy then turned into a long-relief man.
In that role, he bailed the Rangers out a couple of times in some of those signature poor outings by Derek Holland when he held the rope while the bats battled the team back into the game and got a win out of it.
Then, he made one start against Tampa Bay in August to help give Matt Harrison a break in the rotation and shined, throwing six innings of two-hit, shutout baseball as the Rangers won that game 2-0.
In the postseason, he was dynamite, like the rest of the Rangers bullpen for the first two postseason series, before falling off in the World Series.
Was it enough to earn a shot at the rotation next season? For sure. He at least deserves a shot in spring training, but it'd be tough to surpass Harrison and Alexi Ogando. Derek Holland and Colby Lewis are absolute locks in the rotation. And if C.J. Wilson doesn't return, they'll fill that void with a free agent, a trade or Neftali Feliz.
"I want to start again, yeah," Feldman told ESPN Radio. "I don't know what they're going to do. They've got a lot of options with what they can do in the rotation, you know. And then you got C.J. [Wilson]... Who knows if he's coming back or not. I don't know what's going to happen but yeah, I mean I want to start."