Texas Rangers

June 28, 2014

Rangers notes: Holland pitches simulated game

But the Texas lefty isn’t ready for a rehab assignment.

Though far from disgruntled, it’s no secret that Derek Holland doesn’t see eye to eye with his bosses when it comes to taking a more significant step in what has turned out to be a longer-than-expected rehabilitation process.

There was, however, consensus among the parties that the Rangers’ left-hander had a good day Saturday.

Holland, working his way back from left knee surgery, pitched in a simulated game Saturday, throwing 67 pitches and fielding a number of bunted balls in three innings.

The work, though, was still not enough to convince Rangers management that he was ready to begin a rehabilitation stint in the minors.

Holland will remain in Arlington while the team starts a six-game road trip to Baltimore and New York.

He’ll be re-evaluated when the team returns, a team spokesman said.

“Overall, I feel good and feel I can go out there and field my position,” Holland said. “Obviously, it’s up to them [what to do next] and I have to respect their decision and go from there.

“I want to be out there. This thing started with me and I want to be out there helping the guys.”

Manager Ron Washington cautioned against rushing Holland back.

Holland returned to Arizona last month to work on strengthening the leg.

Washington said it was apparent to him that that was worthwhile, though there’s “still a little limp there. Maybe that’s going to be there, I don’t know.

“When it’s time for Derek, Derek will be out there,” Washington said. “He should be happy with what he accomplished out there today.”

Rios sits

Washington said he went with his “gut” in sitting Alex Rios on Saturday, a move designed to re-energize the right fielder, who had made 126 consecutive starts since being acquired in a trade in August.

The manager said a day of rest for his slumping outfielder outweighed Rios’ career .481 average against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes.

“I know what the numbers say,” Washington said. Rios “looked sluggish to me. I’m just using my gut on this one.”

Rios is in the midst of an 8 for 51 slump, including 0 for 15 in his past four games.

“The bat head is not getting through the zone the way it was earlier,” Washington said.

“That happens; the guy has played in 79 straight ballgames [this season]. I need him in that lineup, but at some point you have to give him a break.”

Added Rios: “Sometimes it’s good to rest your body and your mind, so it can be a good thing. I’m here to play every day, but it’s OK.”

Lewis takes mound

Veteran Colby Lewis continues to feel a little like a young player feeling his way.

In Sunday’s finale of the three-game series with Minnesota, Lewis, 34, will make his 14th start since returning from arm and hip surgeries that kept him out most of 2012 and all of 2013.

He matched a season high by pitching 61/3 innings in his last start, an 8-2 loss to Detroit. Lewis gave up four runs on nine hits.

“It’s a process, relearning things and ironing things out,” Lewis said. “I feel like I’m getting better and that’s all I can do.”

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