Buzz: Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz make progress
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Holland was placed on the 15-day DL a couple of days after his last start on June 5 due to shoulder fatigue and weight loss because of a stomach ailment, but he played catch during the team's batting practice Friday.
"Everything was good," Holland said. "I felt real comfortable. I just have to take it day by day."
Feliz is scheduled to throw off flat ground Monday, a step in the right direction. He was placed on the DL after suffering a sprained elbow ligament in his last start May 18. The Rangers are expected to move Feliz to the 60-day DL on Saturday.
* Leonys Martin was called up from Triple-A Round Rock for pitcher Koji Uehara, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with a strained lat muscle. Martin will start in center field and bat ninth in the series opener against the Houston Astros.
* A few pitchers -- Scott Feldman, Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis, Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman -- saw action in batting practice Friday to get ready for the Rangers' trip to San Diego on Monday. ... Manager Ron Washington also got a few swings in as well.
* Kirkman saw his first big league action of the season last night, recording two strikeouts and allowing a walk in one inning of action in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
”It was good to go out there and throw some strikes and get some outs," Kirkman said. "If they need me (tonight), I’ll be ready.”
* The Joe Nathan Stony Brook watch party was in full force in the Rangers clubhouse. There were "Go Seawolves" signs around, and Nathan, a Stony Brook alum, had a TV beside his locker with the game on. Many players were still wearing their Seawolves hats, too.
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