Rangers mulling rotation order for Cubs series

Rangers mulling rotation order for Cubs series

SEATTLE -- Because they have a day off on Monday, the Rangers are weighing their starting pitching options for the three-game series against the Cubs.

Right now, the tentative plan is to skip Justin Grimm and go with Derek Holland, Yu Darvish and Alexi Ogando against the Cubs. But that could change.

Darvish could be the one who gets pushed back. Darvish, who started Friday night against the Mariners, has been dealing with a blister on the ring finger of his right hand and the Rangers wouldn't mind giving him a couple extra days. It will most likely depend on how he comes out of Friday's game.

"That's something that has come up and it's a possibility," manager Ron Washington said.

Weather permitting, Holland is scheduled for Tuesday and Ogando will likely pitch one of the two other games. Both were taking batting practice early Friday at Safeco, in preparation for hitting in the National League park.

"All I care about is getting the bunt down," Holland said. "It would be great to get a hit, but the most important thing is getting bunts down, moving the runners and helping my guys do their part."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.