"[Hunter's] going to have to earn his spot back," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It all depends on how he is doing and how we're doing up here."McCarthy has started the season in the rotation two of the past three years, but he compiled an 8.03 ERA this spring while working on a new delivery and was unable to keep up with the others. "We told Brandon we know what he's capable of when he's healthy," Daniels said. "He has been an effective starter for us. He has been working on some stuff this spring, and we felt we had five better starters. "We talked about the bullpen a little, but it made more sense to get him stretched out. The same way with Derek. We have other guys who can handle the middle innings roles. It's better to keep him stretched out." The Rangers bullpen, along with Feliz, is expected to consist of right-handed closer Frank Francisco, left-handed setup reliever Darren Oliver, right-handed setup relievers Darren O'Day and Chris Ray and long reliever Dustin Nippert. The seventh spot has not been announced yet, but most likely will be filled by Doug Mathis. Willie Eyre and Guillermo Moscoso are also still candidates. The Rangers have not made a decision on Ben Snyder, the left-handed reliever who was acquired through the Rule 5 Draft, but he is not going to make the team. The Rangers also sent outfielder Craig Gentry, pitcher Alexi Ogando and catcher Kevin Richardson back to the Minor Leagues on Saturday morning.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less