Derek Holland probably didn’t need to, but he watched the video anyway.
The tape of his last performance, all 11 runs on 11 hits of it against the Toronto Blue Jays, showed him what he already knew. He was leaving too many pitches up and in the zone.
Holland left the game after a season-low 2 2/3 innings, his shortest non-injury outing since allowing six runs in three innings on Sept. 13, 2013.
“I’m not too worried. I’ve got to do a better job executing,” said Holland, who makes his seventh start Tuesday night against the White Sox.
Holland took the loss on April 24 against the White Sox after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. “Everything was up, everything was right down the middle. These guys get paid to hit things like that. I’m looking forward to Chicago.”
It was that simple for manager Jeff Banister, too.
“That’s it. Nothing delivery-wise,” he said. “When you miss your spots good hitters will make you pay.”
Holland responded well in his next start after the loss in Chicago. He held the Angels scoreless on four hits and no walks.
“It’s a long five days. We put that past us as quickly we possibly can. We’re going to have those days,” he said. “I still watch [the video] to figure out what I was doing wrong. When you do something like that you’re going to get hit. I paid the price.”
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was set to fly to Arizona on Monday night after having his right strained calf examined by Dr. Keith Meister.
Choo will play in five extended spring games in Surprise, Ariz., before beginning a minor league rehab assignment with Triple A Round Rock.
The Express will be in Albuquerque this weekend. Choo hopes to play a few games there before playing a game with Double A Frisco in Midland before rejoining the Rangers in Houston on May 20-22.
“I’m running close to 100 percent,” he said. “If everything feels normal [after five extended spring games] I’ll start my rehab assignment.”
Choo said the only thing left to test physically is the stress of the first step out of the batter’s box, in the outfield and on the bases. Choo said his calf feels fine but the stress of game action will offer the best assessment.
“The first step is the most dangerous thing,” he said. “I’ll be testing it in Arizona.”
The Rangers would consider using either left-hander Cesar Ramos or right-hander Anthony Ranaudo for a spot start as early as Sunday against Toronto.
Banister said he’d like to see how the bullpen is used the next few days before determining the rotation beyond Saturday.
The Rangers’ rotation is set to look like this: Derek Holland (Tuesday), Cole Hamels (Wednesday), Martin Perez (Friday) and Monday’s starter Colby Lewis (Saturday). Ramos came in to pitch the 11th inning late Monday, and Ranaudo also is available out of the bullpen, Banister said.
“Right now, I’m still in the process of seeing how we get through the next two days,” Banister said. “We’ll see what happens in the next two games and how we utilize our bullpen. It’s definitely a possibility of using one of those two guys out of the bullpen.”
Yu Darvish, who is scheduled to make his third rehab start Thursday with Triple A Round Rock, is unlikely to return to the rotation from Tommy John surgery until May 21 at the earliest.
May 27 continues to be the most likely return date for Darvish.