Holland to rebuild strength before throwing

Holland to rebuild strength before throwing

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rangers pitcher Derek Holland will be shut down from throwing for a week while he recovers from a stomach virus.

Holland, who was placed on the disabled list Thursday, was examined by Dr. Keith Meister in Texas on Friday and tests showed nothing more than shoulder fatigue. The Rangers' main goal right now is to get Holland over his virus and start getting his strength back.

"I was generally relieved with the news," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Dr. Meister doesn't feel there are any structural issues. We want to make sure we get him right. With the weight loss and the strength loss, he was out there potentially exposed to hurting his arm. We're going to give him the time to put the weight back on and get his strength back."

The Rangers are hoping Holland can get his strength back in a week and then begin throwing again. There's no word yet if he'll need to pitch a game in the Minor Leagues on a rehab assignment.

"If he is only down for a week, he should be able to ramp up quickly," Daniels said. "I'm not too worried about that."

Alexi Ogando will replace Holland in the rotation and start Sunday against the Giants.