Derek Holland failed to earn a spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation this spring with Scott Feldman, Rich Harden, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison being anointed the five spots. It doesn’t make a difference now, though, because Holland will get a taste of big league action in the middle of next week.
According to MLB.com’s T.R Sullivan, Holland will be used on either Wednesday or Thursday as a fill-in for the 24-year-old Harrison, who may be headed for the disabled list with tendinitis in his throwing arm.
Holland, 23, posted a disappointing 6.12 ERA and 1.50 WHIP last season in 21 starts (33 appearances) for the Rangers. But he has been on a roll at Triple-A Oklahoma City, with a 4-1 record, a 0.93 ERA and a 37/7 K/BB ratio through six starts. Holland was selected by the Rangers in the 25th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft.
The Mets have signed pitchers Vance Worley and Scott Copeland minor league deals.
Worley had signed with the Reds in January but was cut by Cincinnati after failing to impress in spring training. That comes on the heels of a disastrous 2017 in which he pitched in 24 games for the Marlins, 12 as a starter, and posted an ugly 6.91 ERA, giving up 99 hits in 71.2 innings. He was much better in 2016 with the Orioles, in which he had a 3.53 ERA with a much lower hit rate in 31 relief appearances and four starts. As is so often the case, when a guy has some good year, as Worley has, he’ll get two or three or sometimes more chances to show he’s truly cooked. Worley will now try to make the most of it, most likely at Los Vegas.
Copeland with the Marlins last year too, though he spent all year at Triple-A. Copeland hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2015, when he posted a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings with the Blue Jays.
Viva organizational depth.