Derek Holland makes rehab start
Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland pitched three innings for Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday in his first rehab start since going on the disabled list earlier this month because of a stomach virus and shoulder fatigue.
Holland gave up one run -- a solo homer -- on three hits with two walks and one strikeout against the Nashville Sounds in Round Rock. He threw 39 pitches, 24 for strikes.
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He is expected to throw a bullpen session in Arlington on Friday for Rangers manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux before making his second rehab start in Round Rock on Monday.
Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list after a June 5 start at Oakland. He lost 15 pounds in 2 1/2 weeks because of a stomach ailment and also experienced fatigue in his pitching shoulder. He has gained half of the weight back and said the shoulder felt fine leading up to Wednesday's outing.
Holland was the second of what has ballooned to four starting Rangers pitchers on the disabled list, following Neftali Feliz (elbow). They've been joined by replacement starter Alexi Ogando (groin) and Colby Lewis, who went on the DL on Tuesday with right forearm tendinitis.
Feliz, Ogando and Lewis are expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Holland made 11 starts before going on the DL, recording a 5-4 record with a 5.10 ERA. Expectations were high for Holland after he made a career-high 32 starts in 2011, going 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA.
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