Sunday, August 24, 2014
Holland to make rehab start Thursday
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said left-handed starter Derek Holland (knee) will throw his last rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock. Holland is scheduled for two throwing sessions, on Monday and Tuesday, and if there are no physical problems, his scheduled start at Round Rock will go as planned.
Holland saw his scheduled rehab start Sunday in Las Vegas scratched due to back spasms and didn't make the trip.
"I'll take whatever they give me," Holland said. "If it's taking one more rehab, I'm here for whatever they need."
There's an open spot in the Rangers' rotation Friday in Houston, and manager Ron Washington hasn't settled on a starter yet with pitching coach Mike Maddux. Instead of moving Holland into that slot, the Rangers will let him make one more rehab outing, then bring him to the big club when rosters expand in September.
Washington said he definitely would look at Scott Baker, Sunday's starter against the Kansas City Royals, for that Houston game. Baker earned his second win of the season -- and first as a starter since 2011 -- with five innings of work in a 3-1 victory.
Baker became a spot starter with the club in the absence of Yu Darvish, on the 15-day disabled list with elbow trouble. Baker allowed one run on five hits while throwing 71 pitches.
"Whether I'm a starter or reliever, it's about executing pitches," Baker said.