Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland landed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with left shoulder inflammation after three consecutive dicey starts in a season in which he has seen a decline in his fastball velocity.
The Rangers recalled right-handed reliever Luke Jackson from Triple A Round Rock, allowing Nick Martinez to start Friday against the Boston Red Sox. A.J. Griffin will pitch Saturday, and Martin Perez will pitch Sunday.
Holland has failed to pitch more than five innings his past three outings, including 3 2/3 innings June 15 and 4 1/3 innings Monday. The Rangers won both starts, but had to rally from deficits of 5-0 and 3-0.
His fastball velocity hasn’t been drastically different from last year, when he came off a shoulder injury, but the average velocity of his two-seam and four-seam fastballs are down around 2 mph from his career-high.
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But he hasn’t been able to reach back for a few extra mph as he has in the past. It had Holland stumped Tuesday when asked about the subject. He wondered if two straight seasons interrupted by injury were part of the issue.
“I know my velo’s not where it’s been, but I should still know how to pitch,” Holland said. “I’m pretty strong right now. I have know answer to that, why my velo has dipped. I really don’t know.”
The Rangers also announced that prospect Michael Matuella has been shut down for the rest of the season because of a sprained elbow ligament. The right-hander was coming off of Tommy John surgery and will try to avoid the surgery again.