SEATTLE -- One of the Major Leagues' most reliable workhorses will also be one of its most well-rested players by the time he makes his next start. That's because the Rangers have decided not to start pitcher Kevin Millwood in their first game after the All-Star break, which would be his turn after five days of rest. Instead, Texas is going with Vicente Padilla and won't start Millwood until July 20, giving the veteran right-hander eight days' rest between starts. Millwood is tied for the Major League lead in innings pitched this season with 130. He threw six innings in a 4-1 loss to the Mariners on Saturday night, throwing 110 pitches before exiting.
Millwood has exceeded the 100-pitch mark in 16 of his 19 starts this season and threw more than 110 pitches in 13 of those games. He's 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA. The right-hander just needs a break, manager Ron Washington explained. "We just figured this guy has been our horse, and he's logged a lot of work to this point," Washington said. "And we just think coming out of the break, if we can get him some extra time, we're going to give it to him." Following Padilla, Scott Feldman is scheduled to start on Saturday, and Tommy Hunter will get the ball the following day. No Texas pitcher will be working on less than seven days' rest. Millwood's innings total is a byproduct of a solid season, something Washington says he's been getting out of most of his pitching staff. "We wanted our pitchers to do exactly what they're doing -- take us deep -- and they've been doing it," Washington said. "Along with that, there's some residual."
Christian Caple is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.