Stomach virus no longer in Holland's body

Stomach virus no longer in Holland's body

ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland, who was placed on the disabled list last week, was told on Tuesday that the stomach virus that has plagued him for three weeks is no longer in his body. Now it is a matter of Holland regaining his strength and resuming a throwing program.

"Being sick took its toll, but everything is fine now," said Holland, who lost 15 pounds during his infirmity. "I've started regaining some of the weight back. I don't like watching TV when the team is playing. It's shouldn't take very long. I'm doing everything else to get prepared. It should be a matter of time before I'm ready."

Holland, who is 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts and one relief appearances, is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 21. But manager Ron Washington said he expects Holland to make at least one rehab start before rejoining the Rangers.

"No way he's going to just jump back in the rotation," Washington said.

Neftali Feliz, who has been on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow since May 19, is also close to resuming a throwing program. Feliz said he hopes to start throwing on Friday.

"I feel great," Feliz said.