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Pregame notes: Holland getting closer

6/24/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- LHP Derek Holland (knee) isn't expected to pitch for the Rangers until after the All-Star break. However, he threw 75 pitches in a batting practice session Monday. Holland is scheduled to meet with the Rangers' medical officials Tuesday to determine the next step in his progress.

"I want to get out there and do whatever I can to help the team," said Holland, who hasn't pitched this season due to knee surgery.

Holland said his knee will not be 100 percent this season but that he's feeling comfortable coming off the mound fielding grounders and did so Monday.

"I don't want to show up here and not be ready to go," he said. "I want to be able to see some big league hitters, try to get them out."

The Rangers have to figure out when Holland can get a few minor league appearances in before the All-Star break.

Pena called up: Ron Washington didn't say the Rangers are desperate but the team made a roster move Tuesday afternoon, signing first baseman Carlos Pena from Triple-A Round Rock. Pena was inserted into the No. 6 spot in the lineup and will start at first base.

"He's swinging the bat well and playing first base the way he plays first base and that’s pretty good," Washington said. "Think we just brought in a first baseman that can play first base and he has a presence. He may be a little older but he has presence. If you throw something in the wrong spot, he’s going to hurt you. He knows how to play around that bag (and) his presence is important."

In seven games with Round Rock, Pena had a slash line of .333/.429/.500 with one home run and seven RBIs. Pena is a lifetime .233 hitter and played with Houston and Kansas City last season.

To make room for Pena, the club designated Brad Snyder for assignment

Darvish gets extra time: Washington said it wasn't a big deal, but staff ace Yu Darvish (7-4, 2.62) will pitch on five days rest. Darvish, who last pitched Sunday night in Anaheim, will now start Saturday against Minnesota.

Washington said Darvish is healthy and that giving him an extra day or so off is designed for him to be fresh after the All-Star break.

Nick Tepesch will start Friday's game against the Twins.

Base hits: 1B Mitch Moreland had left ankle surgery Monday and went home to Mississippi. ... Washington said he got a letter from major league baseball regarding a slight change in the obstruction of home plate rule. Washington was ejected from Sunday's game for protesting a replay review of a call that went against the Rangers. Washington also said he hadn't heard from the league regarding an expected fine for arguing a replay ruling, which is an automatic ejection. ... The tarp covered the infield due to a steady rain before the game.