OAKLAND, Calif. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Left-handed starting pitcher Derek Holland is going on the shelf. The Texas Rangers announced Thursday that Holland went on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder fatigue. Holland’s next start was to come Sunday at San Francisco. The first date that Holland is eligible to return is now June 21.
During his start on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics, Holland’s fastball dropped on the radar gun from the middle 90s to the upper 80s. He went through his normal workout routine on Wednesday while also battling a stomach virus. Holland had lost about 15 pounds since coming down with the bug just over two weeks ago. “I’ve lost a good bit of weight. Everybody would be concerned with that,” said Holland. “I’m just taking the pill that they think will be killing it.”
The 25-year-old said that he is not in pain and that he is keeping food down, feeling strong despite only weighing 202 pounds. “I feel better, it’s just going to take a little time to keep pushing and get my strength back. That’s what the real focus is,” Holland said. “I just want to be able to get rid of it, that’s all I care about, so I can be myself. I want to be out there where my team’s not worried about how I feel and they know I’ll be out there.”
“What’d he look like last night? He looked like a ghost,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said Wednesday. “Today he looked less ghostly, more zombie.”
Holland is 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA during 12 games this year for the Rangers. He went 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 32 starts last season for the two-time reigning American League champions.
Bullpen pitcher Alexi Ogando is expected to start in Holland’s place on Sunday. Ogando went 13-8 with a 3.51 ERA as a starting pitcher last season.
The team also called up AAA prospect Tanner Scheppers from Round Rock. He will be in the bullpen for Thursday’s series finale against Oakland. Scheppers is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA and nine saves. And, of course, veteran pitcher Roy Oswalt was signed in late May to shore up the rotation. Oswalt said that he hopes to be ready to join the club later this month.
Holland is the second starting pitcher for the Rangers to hit the disabled list. Neftali Feliz was shut down last month so that he could recover from elbow inflammation. Feliz is expected to be out most of June. Scott Feldman took his spot in the rotation, but has struggled. Washington said that Feldman is still his listed starter for Saturday, and the right-hander threw a bullpen session Wednesday. Feldman is 0-4 with an 8.80 ERA in his last four starts. “He’s still on track, we’ve made no decision,” Washington said. “We haven’t told Feldman he’s not.”
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