Per T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers have placed reliever Aki Otsuka on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 9th), and have called up right-hander Scott Feldman from Triple-A Oklahoma. An MRI performed today revealed that Aki still has inflammation in his sore right elbow, but that there is no structural damage, which is a very good sign.
Otsuka would be eligible to return from the disabled list next Tuesday against Seattle, but it doesn't appear he'll be returning by then, as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting the Rangers will rest Aki until Monday. He'll play catch that day, and then progress to bullpen sessions and a rehab assignment if all goes well.
Aki was pleased with the results of the MRI:
"I'm relieved," said Otsuka, who is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA and four saves and has been the subject of recent trade speculation. "The ligament is a big problem but this is just a muscle and it needs rest."
There's also a quote from Jon Daniels in the FWST story, with Daniels saying he doesn't believe Otsuka's injury will hurt his trade value. I wouldn't count on that, Jon.
Feldman has a 6.67 ERA in 28.1 innings for the Rangers this year, and hasn't been much more successful in AAA, accumulating a 6.33 ERA in 21.1 innings for the Redhawks. Texas couldn't recall Wes Littleton because they wouldn't have been able to backdate the DL assignment, as Littleton was optioned just two days ago to make room for Robinson Tejeda on the 25-man roster.