ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are giving Derek Holland extra rest in the rotation and pushing him back to Saturday against the Astros.
Holland last pitched on Thursday in a doubleheader against the Orioles, so he will make his next start on eight days of rest. This will also allow the other four starters to pitch on their normal four days of rest. The Rangers have been looking for ways to give individual starters extra time off, and they decided to do it with Holland now.
"It's nothing physical and there's nothing wrong," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Everybody else is in line. When you go through these doubleheaders, you have to make adjustments, and this time it's Holland. We can afford to do it now."
The Rangers have Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz pitching against the Angels this weekend. The Rangers still haven't officially announced a starter for Monday against the Royals, but it is expected to be Scott Feldman. They want to use a spot starter for Monday rather than bringing Holland or Colby Lewis back on three days of rest after pitching in Thursday's doubleheader.
Lewis is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Royals. Holland's turn would be Wednesday against the Athletics, but the Rangers are planning to pitch Yu Darvish on his normal four days of rest, followed by Harrison on Thursday. That would leave Feliz, Holland and Lewis against the Astros during the weekend in Houston.
"I'm not too worried about it," Holland said. "I'm fine with it. I guess I can't do anything about it if that's what they want to do. My job is just to be ready to pitch. It's probably what I'll do, doing what I'm usually doing, just getting ready for Houston."