Derek Holland calls Jose Bautista “a tired act”


Rangers starter Derek Holland was on KRLD-FM 105.3 in Dallas and was asked about Jose Bautista. He calls Bautista “a tired act.”

He also says “I’m not a big fan of him,” saying “he complains about every single thing,” and saying, in response to his famous bat flip, “trust me, nobody likes it.” He added that he’s rooting for the Royals because he has friends on that team and that “they don’t seem to get along with Toronto either.”

Certainly a mixed bag of complaints here, some which seem reasonable — Bautista has become almost David Ortiz-like in his disdain for any call that goes against him and that’s getting pretty eyeroll-worthy — and some which seem more like sour grapes, like the bat flip. Which, of course, we have covered here at length.

Given that we’re less than a week removed from Bautista and the allegedly difficult-to-get-along-with Blue Jays ending the Rangers’ season, Holland can be forgiven for being sensitive about Bautista and his teammates, I suppose.

In other news: the Rangers travel to Toronto next May 2nd for a three-game series and the Jays head down to Arlington the weekend of May 13.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”