Derek Holland pitches final rehab start


HOUSTON -- In his sixth and final rehab outing, Rangers left-handed starter Derek Holland pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday night against Nashville.

Holland, who threw 98 pitches, gave up two two-out home runs, a solo shot to Jeremy Hermida and a two-run blast to Matt Pagnozzi.

Before the game, manager Ron Washington told Holland he expected him to dominate.

Holland, who is expected to join the Rangers on Friday, most likely will be activated to the big league roster next week in Kansas City. It's still uncertain if he will pitch when the Rangers head to Kansas City.

Washington said a discussion with GM Jon Daniels and pitching coach Mike Maddux needs to occur before any announcements can be made.