08/16/10 8:32 PM ET
Rangers appoint Miller senior VP
By Chris Girandola / Special to MLB.com
"Jay Miller is an accomplished baseball executive who will be a huge asset to the Texas Rangers family," Rangers managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg said. "He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in so many areas, and we are very pleased he has agreed to return to the organization."
Miller, who has spent the last 12 seasons with Ryan-Sanders Baseball, will be involved in all aspects of the team's business operation, including sponsorship, ticket sales and fan experience. The Illinois native was hired by Nolan Ryan and his son, Reid, as vice president and general manager of the Double-A Round Rock Express of the Texas League in September 1998, a year before that franchise moved from Jackson, Miss.
"I'm extremely happy that I will be able to continue and work closely with Jay," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "The success that our family's Minor League teams have had in Round Rock and then in Corpus Christi is a tribute to Jay's efforts. He will be missed in Round Rock but welcomed with open arms in Arlington."
In the inaugural 2000 season in Round Rock, the Express established a new Double-A home attendance record with over 660,000 fans and repeated that accomplishment over the next four years. Miller was promoted to team president and chief operating officer of Ryan-Sanders Baseball in October 2004.
Holland likely to make start Wednesday
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers manager Ron Washington hinted at Derek Holland making the start on Wednesday against the Rays but would not commit to the decision until Tuesday.
"We still have to wait on things before making the final call on that," Washington said on Monday.
Holland will be replacing Rich Harden in the rotation, with Tommy Hunter moving up one day to start on Tuesday. Hunter will pitch on three days' rest after being limited to three innings and 50 pitches in his most recent start on Friday during the Rangers' 10-9 walk-off win over the Red Sox in 11 innings.
"[Hunter] threw a bullpen yesterday and things went well, and we thought it worked well with him going on Tuesday as opposed to Wednesday," Washington said. "He only threw 50 pitches and he's pitched well this season, and we felt it was the best to go with him after seeing him toss his bullpen session."
Holland, who is 6-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 10 starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City, lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his last start on Friday against Las Vegas. Holland threw 59 pitches while allowing three runs. He is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance at the Major League level this season.
"He's been dominating pretty much every start up until his last one," Washington said. "No one can dominate every game. Sometimes there's going to be one or two which gets away, but for the most part, he's been solid."
Harden was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, retroactive to Aug. 8, with right shoulder tendinitis. The 28-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make a rehab start for Oklahoma City on Tuesday against Reno.
Harden had made just two starts since coming off his last stint on the disabled list with a strained lower back muscle. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his last start against the Athletics on Aug. 7, giving up three runs and throwing 65 pitches.
Young leaves game with neck stiffness
ST. PETERSBURG -- Michael Young left Monday's game with stiffness in his neck after the seventh inning and was replaced by the recently recalled Joaquin Arias.
Young said he woke up Monday morning with the problem but decided to play. Arias promptly tripled in his first at-bat in the eighth inning off Rays reliever Chad Qualls.
Kinsler to be evaluated soon
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said the team will wait until Ian Kinsler (left groin) resumes baseball activities until making a decision on the second baseman. Washington and team officials will evaluate Kinsler in Baltimore during the Rangers' four-game series against the Orioles or when the team returns to Texas after the seven-game road trip.
Kinsler, who was placed on the disabled list on July 29 and eligible to come off it Aug. 12, mentioned before Monday's game against the Rays that he feels healthy and is just waiting on the team's decision.
In other injury news, catcher Matt Treanor began an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday. Treanor was placed on the 15-day DL on July 24 with a right knee PCL strain.
Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.