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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Pregame Notes: Holland not smooth

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The return of Derek Holland has some issues.

The starting left-handed starter has missed the entire season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in January.

Holland threw a bullpen session and conducted some fielding drills on Sunday, but manager Ron Washington wasn’t totally convinced about everything.

“We’ll sit and discuss,” Washington said. “He still wasn’t smooth."

Holland is projected to return from the DL and make a two-inning rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Frisco. His ability to move on the mound raises issues with him with roughly two months to play in the season.

Washington will meet with GM Jon Daniels, pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins to discuss the next steps with Holland.

“My pitching has always been pretty good,” Holland said. “It’s a matter of fielding and I feel like I’m good to go, but it’s up to them.”

Tepesch feels fine: RHP starter Nick Tepesch left Saturday’s start in the seventh inning when he felt something in his left knee. Tepesch said a team doctor examined him and determined there was some inflammation but nothing structurally wrong with the knee.

Tepesch said the front of the knee didn’t feel good after he planted it while throwing a pitch in the top of the seventh. He left with a 2-1 count to Josh Donaldson.

“I don’t think it’s something that’s going to affect me down the road,” Tepesh said.

The Rangers might skip his next scheduled start as a health precaution or based on who's left on the staff after the trade deadline on Thursday.

“We haven’t made a decision as to whether he’s not going to start,” Washington said. “We’ll just continue to see how things look. He said he felt good.”

Who starts Friday?:Tepesch could start but this Thursday’s off day complicates matters. Jerome Williams pitched well last Friday against the Athletics and Washington said he deserves another chance to pitch. Miles Mikolas, Sunday’s starter, is on target to pitch Friday based on his normal four days of rest.

Washington ruled out a six-man rotation and how his young hurlers perform is also a factor. Williams is a favorite just because he’s a veteran, yet, the Rangers want to make sure the younger pitchers get a chance to start as many games possible.

“He can fit two ways,” Washington said of Williams. “He can be a long guy and he can start, so I just think we need to wait until we get closer to when he’s available again.”

Adcock settles down: RHP reliever Nate Adcock made his debut on Saturday night and struggled in his first inning of work where he allowed two home runs. His 30-pitch evening ended with no troubles in his second inning of work where he had a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

"I was just too excited and overthrew that first inning, try to blow guys away," he said. "(Andy Hawkins) calmed me down in the dugout and told me to trust my stuff and it definitely helped out and I had a good second inning.

Base Hits: LF Jake Smolinski (15-day DL with left foot bruise) said the swelling has gone down but he still hasn’t started running yet. ... The Rangers wore a patch on their white jerseys for Sunday’s game against the Athletics, honoring the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. The voice of the Rangers, Eric Nadel was the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award and team special assistant, Greg Maddux was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Greg Maddux is the younger brother of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.