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.
Jason Kipnis plans to play through a disgusting-looking ankle sprain
Jason Kipnis sprained his ankle while celebrating the Indians ALCS win over the Blue Jays. In the runup to tonight’s game, Terry Francona has said that Kipnis would be fine, that he’s a gamer, etc., etc. You know, the usual “when the bell rings, all of the aches and pains go away” kind of thing.
Today, however, we see that this sprained ankle is maybe not your run-of-the-mill late season bump or bruise:
Indians beat writer jumps in Lake Erie to settle a bet
Back in September Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes ruffled a lot of feathers when he declared the Indians DOA. His rationale: too many injuries to Indians starters weakened the club too greatly. Even if they did make the playoffs, Hoynes argued, they wouldn’t go far.
A reader made a bet with him at the time: if the Indians didn’t make the World Series, he’d jump in Lake Erie. If they did, Hoynes would.