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Rangers Put Lefty Derek Holland on 15-Day DL

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a column on NBCDFW.com saying I still believed in Rangers lefty starter Derek Holland.

Less than a month later, Holland is on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.

The Rangers made the move Wednesday and recalled right-hander Luke Jackson from Triple-A Round Rock.

Holland (5-5, 5.20 ERA) has allowed 13 runs over 13 1-3 innings his past three starts. In the Rangers' 4-3 win over Baltimore on Monday night, the lefty allowed 11 of the 23 batters he faced to reach base while going 4 1-3 innings.

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"It's been going on for a little bit and started bothering me a little bit more in the last start so we want to make sure everything is OK," Holland said. "I felt like I could play through it, but obviously I wasn't doing a good job."

Holland has been … how do I say this nicely? Less than good. Yes, I’ll say that.

This is the third season in a row that Holland has been on the disabled list. He missed most of the 2014 season rehabbing from left knee surgery, and had his 2015 season shortened because of a left shoulder strain. But he doesn't expect this to be a major setback.

"It's better than what it could have been. I'm glad it's not something major. That's definitely the bright side after what I've gone through," Holland said. "It's on my shoulder, rotator cuff. ... It's nowhere near that pain level" from last year.

Martin Perez (6-4) is scheduled to pitch in Holland's spot Sunday against Boston. The Rangers also said right-hander A.J. Griffin will be activated from the 15-day DL to start Saturday against the Red Sox.

The AP's Stephen Hawkins contributed to this report.

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