8/23/2014 7:36 P.M. ET
Baker starting series finale vs. Royals
By Christian Corona / Special to MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Scott Baker will be well-rested when he starts for the Rangers in Sunday's series finale against the Royals.
The right-hander has not pitched since picking up his first win of the year Aug. 12 by tossing scoreless 13th and 14th innings of a 3-2 win over the Rays. Baker will be making his first start since taking the loss during a 10-7 defeat against the Angels on July 13, when he allowed five runs on nine hits over four innings. He will be pitching on 11 days' rest Sunday.
"Baker's sitting there. He'll be fine," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "If Baker goes further than we expect and we have to do something, we'll do something. We just decided to give it to Baker."
Washington also said Baker will be on a pitch count of about 60 to 65 on Sunday. He is 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA this season, striking out 43 and walking 11 in 61 innings. Baker has made 21 appearances this year, 17 as a reliever while he's gone 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA in four starts.
Darvish not traveling with team to Seattle
ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, on the 15-day disabled list, will not travel with the team to Seattle for next week's three-game series against the Mariners.
Darvish was stretching and running along the warning track before Saturday's game during batting practice but has not thrown since being placed on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his right elbow Aug. 13. The Rangers' three-game series against the Mariners begins Monday and kicks off a 10-day road trip.
"He won't be available after these 15 days are over," said manager Ron Washington. "He hasn't picked up a ball yet."
Darvish could join the team in Houston or Kansas City on that trip, although there is also a chance he could miss all 10 games. Whether he needs a rehab start before returning to the Rangers has also yet to be determined. Darvish, who is 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA this season, is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday.
"He's going to stay here and continue to work and get treatment," Washington said. "I don't know how long he'll take to get started. He might be down for the whole 10 days."
Holland scratched from rehab start
ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Derek Holland was scratched from Sunday's rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock with back spasms.
He has missed all season while recovering from left knee surgery and was scheduled to fly to Las Vegas on Saturday before experiencing back spasms during the Rangers' 6-3 loss to the Royals on Friday night. Holland wasn't feeling any better Saturday and will stay in Arlington to get treatment.
"We'll see how long it takes," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "If the doctor gives him clearance, he'll still be able to get a start. If not, he's going to have to adjust. But we'll just go day to day and see."
Holland's first rehab start came July 30 in Frisco, when the 30-day period allowed for pitchers rehabbing in the Minors began. That period ends Aug. 28, although the Rangers could also call him up when the big league roster expands to 40 players Sept. 1.
Rangers trade Gimenez to Indians
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers traded catcher Chris Gimenez to the Indians for future considerations Saturday. Gimenez, who accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock last Tuesday, will join Cleveland's big league team.
Gimenez batted .262 with a .331 on-base percentage, .355 slugging percentage and 11 RBIs in 33 games with Rangers. He made 29 starts, 26 at catcher and three at first base. Gimenez hit .284 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 39 games with Round Rock, which is on the road in Salt Lake City while the Indians are currently hosting the Astros.
The 31-year-old began Spring Training this year with the A's before the Rangers claimed him off waivers three days before Opening Day. Needing depth at catcher with Geovany Soto beginning the season on the 60-day disabled list, Gimenez was one of three catchers to make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.
Gimenez was designated for assignment just one day after the Rangers' season opener and later released, only to be re-signed less than a week later on April 10. He spent more than a month with Triple-A Round Rock before being called up May 20. Five days after being placed on paternity leave Aug. 4 as his wife was preparing to give birth, Gimenez was again designated for assignment.
This time, he accepted his outright assignment to Round Rock, where he hit .400 with two homers and six RBIs in seven games before being traded Saturday.
• Friday's 6-3 loss to the Royals snapped a streak of five consecutive one-run games for the Rangers, their longest such streak since May 16-20, 1992, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• Adrian Beltre went 2-for-4 on Friday, extending his hitting streak against the Royals to 15 games -- the third longest by a Ranger all-time. Only Ruben Sierra (18) and Ivan Rodriguez (23) have longer streaks.
• The Rangers have scored three runs in seven straight games and each of their last 15 contests have lasted at least two hours and 50 minutes entering Saturday's game -- both tied for the longest such streaks this season.
Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.