Hate to put it so bluntly, but when you're 1-6 with a 6.00 ERA against seven teams with losing records and you just picked up your first win of the season against the MLB-worst San Diego Padres, you don't have much to stand on.
That's what is so perplexing about Scott Feldman's attitude with being moved back to the bullpen with Roy Oswalt set to make his Rangers debut Friday in Arlington and rookie Justin Grimm winning his big-league debut last week set to make another start on Monday against Detroit.
Feldman is making more than $5 million this year and has given the Rangers nothing in return, except for one decent start and an RBI single against worst team in baseball. Now, he's raising a stink about being moved back to the bullpen to make room for Oswalt and a promising young rookie.
That doesn't even include the fact that Derek Holland has marked July 1 as his return date from the disabled list and Neftali Feliz has begun a throwing program and should return some time around the all-star break.
Feldman was a key piece of the Rangers' bullpen in 2011 and was arguably the best pitcher in spring training before being ruled the odd man out in a deep pitching staff. Well, Scott, you're the odd man out again, and this isn't the way to deal with it.
“It’s just tough to keep going back and forth,” Feldman told reporters. “That’s the main thing. Moving back and forth, it’s how you hurt your arm. It’s how you get hurt. I’m not happy.”
There's nothing good that's going to come out of questioning your manager, especially when you're in Feldman's position, which is, again, one of no leverage. The Rangers would love to trade Feldman for a right-handed bat but he's extinguished any trade value he might have had with his horrible season so far.
You don't see Alexi Ogando or Neftali Feliz complaining, and yeah, they're both hurt giving some validity to Feldman's thoughts, but he still shouldn't go public with those thoughts. This is a business and it's professional sports, the Rangers aren't about catering to people who aren't going to give them results.