Holland, Harrison could give Texas 1-2 punch

Holland, Harrison could give Texas 1-2 punch

Holland, Harrison could give Texas 1-2 punch
LAS VEGAS -- Left-handers Derek Holland and Matt Harrison have been pitching back-to-back through the first half of Spring Training. That could continue the rest of the way and even into the regular season.

Manager Ron Washington spoke earlier in camp about the possibility of splitting them, most likely by having right-hander Yu Darvish pitch between them. But he doesn't know when that will happen.

"We have no plan for that right now," Washington said. "The only plan right now is to get them through Spring Training and get their innings. Before we get out of Spring Training, we'll let you know our intentions on our rotation. But I don't want to say something now and change it later."

If the rotation remains as is, the Rangers will open the season with Colby Lewis, Holland and Harrison pitching against the White Sox from April 6-8. That would have Darvish's first start on April 9, against the Mariners and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. He would be followed by Neftali Feliz and then Lewis.

Washington is not concerned about the possibility of his two left-handers pitching back-to-back.

"They have good stuff with power," he said. "If they pitch well, it won't matter. Once the season begins, it won't be that big of a deal if we decide to change that."