Pitching moves.

According to multiple local reports, the Rangers have optioned Scott Feldman to Frisco and Wes Littleton to Oklahoma, recalled Kameron Loe from the RedHawks, and purchased the contract of Joselo Diaz from the RoughRiders.

Feldman and Littleton must spend at least 10 days on the farm but in Feldman’s case, that’s less of an issue than usual given the imminent All-Star Break.  He’ll make a start for Frisco during the Break and be eligible to return to Texas on July 21.  Interestingly, it’s reportedly undecided whether he’ll return as a starter or reliever, but I’d be surprised if he’s shifted to the bullpen.

Loe (2-4, 5.59, .318 opponents’ average, 2.54 G/F) has been on the minor league disabled list with back spasms and hasn’t pitched since June 19 – in fact, he’s only pitched twice since May 30.   Diaz (1-0, 3.95, four saves in four tries, .208 opponents’ average, 1.08 G/F) was brilliant in his first seven RoughRiders’ outings since returning to the organization in early June, with an ERA sitting at 0.69 (one run in 13 innings) before he got roughed up for five runs in two-thirds of an inning on Monday.  

Given what’s transpired the last two nights, the primary reason for Loe’s and Diaz’s arrival today is so that the club has two fresh arms available in case Luis Mendoza doesn’t go deep in tonight’s start.

Diaz (who had been with Frisco and Oklahoma in 2006 before Texas shipped him to Kansas City for Matt Stairs in late July of that season) brings the 40-man roster to a full 40 members.  Chances are he will be designated for assignment following the weekend series against the White Sox, once the bullpen has the All-Star Break to get back in order.  

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