GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have chosen Scott Feldman as starting pitcher on opening day against the Philadelphia Phillies.The right-handed pitcher previously opened seasons for Texas in 2010 and Houston in 2014. The 33-year-old Feldman signed a one-year contract with the Reds on Jan. 26. He was chosen over Brandon Finnegan to start on April 3.
Feldman pitched once before at the Great American Ball Park as a start for the Cubs on May 24, 2013. In that game he took the loss, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs, including a homer by Joey Votto.
The Reds signed veteran Feldman to fit into the middle of the rotation. Injuries to other players opened the way for him to start the first game.
“He has a savvy that will serve us well,” manager Bryan Price said, according to Fox Sports. “Part of the decision is the fact that we don’t have Homer or DeSclafani ready to go.”
Feldman will be the third opening day starter in three years. Johnny Cueto started in 2015 and Raisel Iglesias started last season in place of DeSclafani, who injured an oblique during spring training.