ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have altered the starting rotation slightly this week, pushing Derek Holland's next start to Saturday. The doubleheader in Baltimore forced the club to change things around anyway, but they decided to allow Holland some extra rest while they have the chance.
Holland is physically fine. The team just wants to be proactive about giving pitchers some additional downtime when possible. They also wanted to keep Yu Darvish on his schedule, which means he'll start Wednesday against Oakland at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Because of the rainout on Wednesday night, it's likely that Scott Feldman will get a spot start on Monday, as long as he isn't needed out of the bullpen as a long reliever during the rest of the Angels series.
"Each year you live and you learn," manager Ron Washington said. "These guys are eating up a lot of innings in a lot of stressful games and we've got to try to take care of them somehow."
Texas did the same thing earlier in the season with Neftali Feliz when they had a rainout and a subsequent doubleheader in Detroit.
"It's an opportunity to really do some one-on-one work, have some mental talks," Washington said. "I want him to continue to command his fastball."
Holland has two straight quality starts after a two-start struggle at the end of April. Holland said he'll probably throw an additional bullpen session and could pitch an inning or two in relief to keep him sharp for Saturday's start.
Darvish, who got the win Friday and pitched 5 1/3 innings despite a one-hour, 56-minute rain delay after he pitched a scoreless first inning, will stay on his regular schedule for the time being. Washington said that doesn't mean Darvish won't eventually get some extra days like Feliz and Holland.
"He's always been a pitcher that has a routine and as often as we can keep him in his routine, we want to keep him in his routine," Washington said. "For now, he hasn't shown any weariness."