Feldman could draw interest from contenders

Feldman could draw interest from contenders

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Sunday morning the Astros had placed starter Scott Feldman on revocable waivers. The right-hander is expected to clear or be claimed by Monday, according to Rosenthal.

The news is even more pressing, considering Feldman is scheduled to start the Astros' series opener against the A's on Monday night at Minute Maid Park. But the idea of his potential departure from Houston hasn't rattled Feldman -- largely because he understands the frequency in which players are placed on waivers each season as the Aug. 31 deadline draws near.

"I don't think it's something to worry about," Feldman told the Houston Chronicle. "It's part of the game. If they put me on waivers and somebody wants me, it will probably be a win-win. I either stay here, and I like it here -- and if somebody claims me, it's just part of the game and it probably means they want me, too. Either way it's fine. It's kind of what we sign up for when you're a baseball player."

Feldman -- who will match up with A's right-hander Jeff Samardzija on Monday -- is 7-9 with a 4.37 ERA on the season. After a rough July, during which he compiled a 5.58 ERA over five starts, the right-hander responded with an improved August. Three of his four outings this month have been quality starts. His lone poor performance came on Aug. 14 against the Red Sox, when he surrendered seven runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.

His last time out against the Yankees on Wednesday, Feldman gave up two earned runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Steve DiMatteo is a contributor to MLB.com. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.