Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Derek Holland fighting stomach virus
By Jeff Fletcher
Special to ESPNDallas.com
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Holland, whose velocity dropped as he got deeper into Tuesday's game, could at least take some solace in the fact that it wasn't because of a problem with his elbow or shoulder.
He knows what the problem is, and it's nothing a few extra pounds won't fix.
After Holland weaved his way through 5 1/3 innings in the Texas Rangers' 6-3 victory over the Oakland A's, the left-hander said that he's lost 10 to 15 pounds in the past 2½ weeks because of a stomach virus.
"I'm kinda puzzled by it," said Holland, who added that he's had no further tests to determine if he has anything more serious than a simple digestive issue. "I've just got to keep plugging away and get that weight back and I'll be all right. I'm not freaking out."
Holland said he's now on medication that has helped. He also has eliminated some foods, including dairy and eggs, from his diet.
"It was my job to go out there as long as I could despite the fatigue," said Holland, whose velocity has dropped several miles per hour as well.
Holland struck out two, walked two and allowed three runs on seven hits -- much better than his previous outing, when he gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Seattle Mariners.
He said he'd had stomach problems since the Rangers were in Seattle May 21-23.
"It feels fine when I'm out (on the mound)," he said. "I don't feel anything stomach-wise. It's just more a weakness kind of thing."
Holland started Tuesday night looking strong. He gave up just three hits in four scoreless innings, with his fastball hitting 93 mph. In the fifth, after the Rangers had staked him to a 5-0 lead, he began to falter. He gave up a two-run homer to Collin Cowgill.
Yoenis Cespedes led off the sixth with a homer. Holland then walked Brandon Inge. One out later, he gave up a single to Kila Ka'aihue.
Holland's fastballs were mostly 88 mph to 89 mph in the sixth. That's when manager Ron Washington yanked him.
"He got a little weak toward the end there," Washington said. "He started getting the ball up. Once you start raising the baseball after keeping it down all day, it becomes easy for hitters."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.