The Texas Rangers were happy with Martin Perez’s first Major League start on Saturday night, but there remains a chance that Derek Holland will return from his rehab assignment with Double-A Round Rock to reclaim his spot in the rotation before the All-Star break.
Perez gave up six hits, two runs and a walk over 5 1/3 innings in his debut against Oakland, while striking out five. But manager Ron Washington won’t dismiss the idea that Holland, who will start for Round Rock tonight, could be back on the mound in Arlington as early as Saturday.
"There's a chance. You can't rule it out," Washington told the team’s official website. "We'll have some of our big eyes down there. If they feel like maybe we need to let him have the start, that might be the way it'll be. But that's not a decision we've made."
If Holland does make a return to the rotation this weekend, Yu Darvish’s turn would be moved from Saturday to Friday, a move that would still allow Darvish the standard four days of rest--but Washington stresses that this is far from set in stone.
"That could change. Write it in pencil so you can erase it," Washington said. "It's an option, that's all it is."