Sunday, July 14, 2013
Buzz: Holland to start first game after break
By Chuck Pleiness
Special to ESPNDallas.com
DETROIT -- Texas manager Ron Washington has his starting pitching rotation set for when the Rangers return to action Friday, but it’s tentative.
“I haven’t had a discussion with anyone about how we’re going to set it up,” Washington said prior to the Rangers wrapping up their three-game series at Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. “I’ve just got the names on who we’re going to go with.”
The one lock according to Washington will be Derek Holland will start the opener next Friday when the Rangers host the Baltimore Orioles.
Then it’ll come down between Martin Perez and Ross Wolf in Games 2 and 3.
Yu Darvish is penciled in to start the opener against the New York Yankees a week from Monday and Alexi Ogando is on paper to go for Game 2 in that series.
Darvish and Ogando are both currently on the 15-day disabled list.
“We don’t know exactly if Ogando will be ready, maybe he will maybe he won’t,” Washington said. “We may think he needs more time, we’ll decide whether if [Justin] Grimm will go to the bullpen or maybe have to stay in the rotation if somebody’s not ready. We’ll decide what we’re going to do with that on Friday.”
The decision for Wolf to start in the Rangers’ tentative plans, over Grimm, instead of going to the bullpen was simple for Washington.
“I think he’s earned it,” Washington said. “That could be one start or that could be two starts. It could also come up again by the time we open up on Friday and he’s back in the damn bullpen. That’s why I tell you this is tentative.”
Wolf has made just two starts this season for the Rangers, compared to 17 for Grimm.
“He’s more valuable to us right now [as a starter] coming out of the break,” Washington said of Wolf. “And then we’ll find out how valuable he is moving forward.”
Washington said Grimm won’t have to go to the DL after leaving Friday’s game with forearm soreness.
“He could have finished pitching out there,” Washington said. “It wasn’t bothering him when he threw. It was bothering him when he was sitting down and afterwards. I don’t expect him to go on DL.”
The only way Holland possibly couldn’t go the first game back from the break is if he’s asked by Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland to participate in the All-Star Game.
“I think that’s Jim’s decision,” Washington said. “He’s got a lot of pitchers out there to choose from and like I’ve said, I would like my guys to take the time off, but I’m not going to stop them from being an All-Star if that’s what Jim decides to do. That’s his decision.”
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