FEBRUARY 24, 2009: A clean cut Derek Holland in his first team portrait for the Texas Rangers.
Back on June 5, Derek Holland labored through a start to pick up a win to rebound from a god-awful outing that saw the Seattle Mariners score 21 runs against the Texas Rangers. After that win, Holland hit the disabled list after a mysterious weight drop that resulted from a nasty stomach bug. Somehow, that led to shoulder fatigue for Holland, who was likely compensating for his weight loss that saw his fastball velocity drop into the upper 80s.
Now, Holland is ready to start his road back to the mound in Arlington as he's set to make his first rehab start on Wednesday night for Triple-A Round Rock.
Holland is scheduled to throw about 50 pitches for the Express before coming back to Arlington to throw a bullpen session on Friday. Then, he'll make another rehab start on Monday.
Holland was hit or miss this season before hitting the DL, compiling a 5-4 record with a 5.10 ERA but had six quality starts.
In his absence, the Rangers have shuffled up their starting rotation after he joined fellow starter Neftali Feliz on the DL. Scott Feldman and Justin Grimm have both made spot starts, as did Alexi Ogando, who ended up on the DL with a strained groin.