06/06/12 9:43 PM ET
Rangers reluctant to participate in Derby
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Rotation uncertain for Rangers' series in SF
OAKLAND -- Scott Feldman is scheduled to pitch Saturday for the Rangers. Derek Holland, who has been dealing with a stomach virus, is scheduled to pitch Sunday.The Rangers just haven't etched either pitcher in stone. They seem to have batted around a few other possibities, ranging from bringing Robbie Ross out of the bullpen to bringing up either Martin Perez or somebody else from Triple-A. Double-A pitchers Justin Grimm and Barret Loux have been "mentioned," although not seriously. Right now it's still Feldman and Holland, although there is some uncertainty with the Rangers' rotation for the weekend against the Giants. "We have not ruled Feldman out, we have not ruled Holland out, we have not ruled anybody out," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We just don't know what Holland's situation is. Names have been mentioned, but there has not been a lot of discussion. If we have to, we'll make a decision out of necessity." Holland has been dealing with a stomach virus the past two weeks and it really zapped him in his last start on Tuesday against the A's. But he did go through a full work on Wednesday. The biggest concern is he has lost 15 pounds in the past two weeks and that has taken away some of his strength. "It's a concern," Washington said. "We'll just wait and see how he comes around. If he's fine, he pitches." Holland said he is feeling better and expects to pitch on Sunday. The Rangers may have him undergo further tests. "I have to keep pushing and get my strength back," Holland said. "That's the main thing. That's what the real focus is, getting my strength back. I just want to be able to get rid of it. That's all I care about so I can be myself. I want to be out there and my team's not worried about how I feel."
The A's called up outfielder Brandon Moss on Wedneday and put him at first base. It was only his second career start at first base. Moss was best friends with David Murphy while in the Red Sox farm system. Said Murphy, "I sent him saying I might have to drag a bunt down his way." Josh Hamilton is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The Rangers have released Minor League pitcher Corey Young.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.