Tuesday I crowed about the Rangers shutting it down for the season. I’m not back-tracking today, but there is one front-line player who needs to continue to play in 2014: Derek Holland.
The left-hander hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors this season, and that needs to happen before the season ends. To reinforce his confidence in himself, and for the Rangers to be assured they can count on him next season.
Holland, who injured his knee last winter when he tripped over his dog while running down the stairs of his house, pitched into the 6th inning of a rehab start Tuesday night for Triple-A Round Rock. It was his longest outing this season, but it’s hardly been an impressive road back.
- Holland Good in Longest Rehab Outing
- Holland Struggles in Second Rehab Start
- Holland Good in Rehab Debut
He’s 1-1 in the minors with a 6.52 ERA in 14.2 innings and has allowed three homers, including one last night. With his rehab assignment ending on Aug. 29, we’ll see Holland pitch in Arlington a couple times in September. And that’s one veteran performance we’re all looking forward to down the stretch.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.