Rangers align post-break starting rotation

Rangers align post-break starting rotation

ARLINGTON -- When the Rangers return from the All-Star break, Colby Lewis will return to the rotation.

Derek Holland, along with All-Stars Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison, in that order, will each start during the Rangers' three-game series against the Mariners beginning Friday. Roy Oswalt, who started Sunday's series finale against the Twins, and Lewis will start next week against Oakland. Darvish, who skipped his last start before the break, will pitch on 13 days' rest, while Harrison, who last pitched against the White Sox on Thursday, will start on nine days' rest.

Manager Ron Washington said that Darvish and Harrison will likely pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game and that he has them starting in the Rangers' first series after the All-Star break to ensure they would also start in the three-game series against the Angels the following week.

"Those guys at the top are going to throw against Anaheim," Washington said. "Pitching in the All-Star Game, with Darvish and Harry, could come into play. Darvish has a lot of time down and Harry's got a break."

Lewis, who has been sidelined for the last two weeks with tightness in his right forearm, threw a 37-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will have another bullpen session Tuesday at his home in Bakersfield, Calif. Holland, who was ill with a stomach virus and was on the DL for a month with shoulder fatigue, gave up three runs in six innings Saturday in his first start since being activated.

"Colby's bullpen was top-notch yesterday," Washington said. "He didn't have any residuals from what we shut him down for. He broke off some really good breaking balls. He was really happy with his bullpen. So we'll push him to the back to give him as much time as we can."