Notes: Rangers cut ties with Shouse

Notes: Rangers cut ties with Shouse

ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers restocked their depleted bullpen as expected on Monday, calling up right-hander Scott Feldman and optioning Robinson Tejeda to Triple-A Oklahoma. What was unexpected was the team's decision to sever ties, in all likelihood, with left-handed reliever Brian Shouse.

Shouse, who led the Texas bullpen in holds last year and was one of the league's most effective situational left-handers in 2004, was designated for assignment on Monday. The team has 10 days to trade Shouse or outright him to the Minor Leagues if he clears waivers, an assignment he could refuse at risk of forfeiting his $725,000 salary.

Trading Shouse for a low-level prospect or cash appears the most likely outcome. The team did not need to clear room on the 40-man roster for Feldman, but removed Shouse anyway because he no longer fits in their plans.

"It's mainly for the respect we have for Brian and his family," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "This is a move that should help him, in the long run. We've been through a lot with Brian, but the fit just wasn't there."

Shouse, 37, was eligible to be activated Monday after being on the disabled list with a strained left calf since April 22. He had posted a 4.15 ERA in six appearances, but fell out of favor with the emergence of 25-year-old C.J. Wilson and the greater versatility and effectiveness of Ron Mahay, another left-hander who has a 2.35 ERA through seven appearances.

"The big thing was the depth we've got there now," Showalter said, citing the presence of Minor League left-handers John Rheinecker, Erasmo Ramirez and John Danks.

Shouse appeared in 64 games last season and led the club with 11 holds. His best season with Texas was 2004, when he posted a 2.23 ERA in 53 appearances, set a career high with 12 holds and held opposing hitters to a .224 average. His 1.23 ERA at home that year stands as the third-best ERA at Ameriquest Field by a reliever making 20 or more appearances.

Tejeda sent out: One day after allowing six runs in three innings of Sunday's 8-5 loss to the New York Yankees, Tejeda was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma to make room for newly recalled reliever Scott Feldman.

"I was a little bit surprised," said Tejeda, who is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA after two starts. "I was thinking they were going to send down that rookie (infielder Drew Meyer)."

Instead, the Rangers will use Thursday, their only scheduled day off in May, to skip their fifth starter's spot and keep their top four pitchers working on regular rest.

Tejeda is scheduled to start Thursday on short rest for Oklahoma, throwing three innings or about 60 pitches. He would make one more start for the RedHawks on regular rest, and be in line to return to the Rangers to start their May 21 series finale in Houston.

Tejeda must remain in the Minors at least 10 days, so the team must consider others when a fifth starter is needed on May 16 in New York. Minor League left-hander John Rheinecker has been lined up as an option, and swingman Rick Bauer and Minor League right-hander John Wasdin also will be considered.

Feldman glad to be back: Feldman said he was excited by Sunday night's call summoning him back to the big leagues. Feldman made the Rangers' Opening Day roster and appeared in five games (4.76 ERA in 5 2/3 innings) before being optioned back to Oklahoma. He was 0-1 with a 1.74 ERA and one save in nine games for the RedHawks, walking one and striking out 10 in 10 1/3 innings.

"I just wanted to go down and do as well as I could, so I could get back here," Feldman said.

Briefly: Gary Matthews Jr. (strained right quadriceps) was feeling good enough Monday to return to the starting lineup as the Rangers' center fielder and leadoff hitter. ... Second baseman Ian Kinsler (dislocated left thumb) went 2-for-3 as a designated hitter in his first game at extended Spring Training camp in Arizona. Kinsler is scheduled to play nine innings at second base on Tuesday, then could begin a Minor League rehab assignment Wednesday or Thursday at Triple-A Oklahoma. ... Relief pitcher Frank Francisco (Tommy John elbow surgery) is scheduled to pitch two innings Tuesday in an extended spring game, then visit Dr. Lewis Yocum for an exam Wednesday in California. Francisco could be cleared to start a Minor League rehab assignment shortly after that exam. ... Veteran left-hander Brian Anderson, also coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, arrived in Arlington on Monday night and will throw a bullpen session Tuesday at Ameriquest Field under the supervision of pitching coach Mark Connor. ... General manager Jon Daniels had to scrap plans to meet with his national scouts and crosscheckers Monday in Atlanta when his wife Robin had to visit the hospital for a strep throat infection.

Coming up: Right-hander Kevin Millwood (3-2, 3.52 ERA) faces Twins right-hander Carlos Silva (1-5, 8.59 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday in the second game of this three-game series at Ameriquest Field.

Ken Daley is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.