The return of left-hander Derek Holland to the Texas Rangers’ rotation was pushed further back Saturday, when he had to be scratched from his final scheduled rehab start because of back spasms.
Holland was to pitch Sunday for Triple A Round Rock at Las Vegas, but he stayed at Globe Life Park to receive treatment. He has missed all of the season because of left knee surgery in the off-season, but doesn’t see his back as a major issue.
“I’ll be back to normal and at it in the next few days, and just go from there,” Holland said.
Manager Ron Washington said that the back spasms must clear out before the Rangers can decide when Holland will throw again. But the chances that he would pitch for them before Sept. 1 have all but vanished.
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“Derek’s been discussed about September, but we haven’t locked anything down yet,” Washington said. “We’ll make that decision soon.”
Holland threw 87 pitches Tuesday in five-plus innings for Round Rock, allowing four runs (two earned) and striking out seven. He said that he sustained his velocity throughout and felt that his off-speed pitches and command were sharp.
He was hopeful that the scheduled outing in Las Vegas would be the final step on a long road to the Rangers’ rotation.
Right-hander Yu Darvish hasn’t thrown since hitting the disabled list Aug. 13, and he won’t join the Rangers on the three three-city, nine-game road trip that begins Monday at Seattle.
He could join the join the Rangers at some point on the road, but the Rangers have no word on if Darvish is feeling improvement in his elbow.
“He hasn’t done anything to know,” Washington said. “We haven’t allowed him to do anything except get treatment.”
Darvish is eligible for reinstatement from the DL on Monday, but the soonest he rejoins the Rangers might be Sept. 4.
Former club president and minority owner Tom Schieffer was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame, and said in an on-field ceremony that the opportunity to help construct Globe Life Park was the key step in a career that included becoming U.S. Ambassador to Australia and Japan.
Schieffer was part of the ownership group headed by George W. Bush and Rusty Rose, who handed him the reins of the construction of the new ballpark. Working with Arlington Mayor Richard Greene to secure public financing, the ballpark opened in 1994.
“This ballpark and this franchise will always have a special place in my heard,” Schieffer said. “The ownership group that I was a part of … was headed by George Bush and Rusty Rose, two men whose faith in my abilities changed everything in the rest of my life.”
Bush and Commissioner Bud Selig congratulated Schieffer during a video tribute, and the Rangers’ GM during much of Schieffer’s time, Doug Melvin, left his post as Milwaukee GM to attend the ceremony.
• The Rangers have turned to long man Scott Baker to make a spot start in the finale of the three-game series against Kansas City rather than dip into the minors for a starting pitcher. Baker hasn’t appeared in a game since Aug. 12, but said that he can give the Rangers 70 to 75 pitches. Washington said that a Round Rock pitcher will be on call in case the Rangers overwork their bullpen against the Royals.
• The Rangers sent catcher Chris Gimenez to Cleveland for future considerations, and he will jump from the Round Rock roster to the Indians’ big-league roster. Gimenez was designated for assignment earlier this month, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple A. But he helped steady the Rangers’ catching situation in May when J.P. Arencibia was sent down.