ARLINGTON -- After making two Minor League starts, Derek Holland will be on a big league mound for the first time in over a month when he starts on Saturday against the Twins.Holland, who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue on June 7, gave up eight hits and five runs, all in the final frame of his six-inning outing on Wednesday night with Triple-A Round Rock. The original plan called for Holland, who had also been suffering from a stomach virus, to make three starts in the Minor Leagues, but he will be activated after just two. "I'm excited," Holland said. "I feel great. I've got most of the weight back. I'm not all the way back yet, but it's kind of hard when you're in this Texas heat. Everything's good. The shoulder feels great. Everything feels great." Holland went 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 12 games, 11 starts, striking out 59 and walking 24 before being placed on the DL. He gave up one run in three innings during his first rehab start with Round Rock, going 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his two Minor League starts. "I did what I had to do make myself ready for this start," Holland said. "I want to be a starter and a closer. I want to start the game and I want to close it."
Lewis to throw off a mound on Saturday
ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis, on the disabled list with tightness in his right forearm, is scheduled to throw off a mound on Saturday. That bullpen session could show if Lewis will be ready to come off the DL immediately after the All-Star break."That's what we had scheduled and what we talked about right before I went on the DL," Lewis said. "I'll see how the arm reacts after this next bullpen and then we'll go from there. It's a day-to-day process." Lewis threw 25 pitches during a bullpen session on Thursday, and said he had no residual soreness on Friday. He said that's a good sign because he expects some soreness. He has not been on a Major League mound since he pitched four innings in an 11-7 loss to the Rockies on June 23. "I felt great," Lewis said. "I'll take today off and play catch like I normally would, and I'll throw my full bullpen tomorrow and evaluate it again from there." The Rangers have not made a decision if Lewis will need at least one rehab start in the Minor Leagues before coming off the disabled list.
Moreland not running at full speed yet
ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland has not enjoyed life on the disabled list."The DL stuff is pretty boring," Moreland said. "It's not a whole lot of fun. It's a lot more fun being on the field." Moreland has been on the 15-day DL since June 22 with a strained left hamstring. While there are no issues with his swing, he has not been able to run at full speed yet. Over the last week, Moreland has walked and jogged on a treadmill several times and is encouraged with his progress. "I'm ready to get back and play," Moreland said. "It's not really my swing that I'm trying to get through. I still think I can swing pretty well, it's not going to cut down on my reps. It's more getting in shape for the running and agility part of it." Moreland was injured while running to first base during the second inning of the Rangers' 7-3 win over the Padres on June 19. He is batting .272 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs in 55 games. Moreland's .513 slugging percentage is the third best on the team, behind only Josh Hamilton's Major League-leading .646 mark and Adrian Beltre's .521. "There's still some weakness in it," Moreland said. "I'm jogging a little bit, just about every day. I've been getting some pool workouts in. I've been swinging off the tee. I'm pretty much swinging at will right now. So far, there haven't been a whole lot of limitations."
Olt to play some outfield for Frisco
FRISCO -- Double-A Frisco infielder Mike Olt played right field last Saturday. It was not a one-time appearance. Olt will continue to play the outfield on occasion as a way to increase his versatility and possibly make him an option at the Major League level.Frisco manager Steve Buechele gave the organization a positive review of Olt's first time out there. "Steve Buechele said he looked like he's played there his whole life," Rangers senior director of player development Tim Purpura said. "The theory is to make him as versatile as we possibly can in case there is a need here. He's an athlete, he can do a lot of things on a baseball field. He'll play there maybe one day a week or one day every other week. Should we have a number of injuries [at the Major League level] and have a need, we want to make him as versatile as we can." Olt has 67 starts at third base and eight at first base for Frisco. Olt is hitting .297 with 22 home runs, 62 RBIs and a .584 slugging percentage. He and infielder Jurickson Profar will represent the Rangers at the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in Kansas City.
Ogando, Feliz nearing rehab assignments
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitchers Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz are scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Saturday, and both are getting close to being sent out on a rehab assignment. Ogando is probably closer than Feliz.Ogando is scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Saturday and again on Monday during the All-Star break. If both of those sessions go well, he could be sent out on a rehab assignment as early as Thursday against Triple-A Round Rock. He has been on the disabled list since June 10, when he strained his right groin running the bases against the Giants in San Francisco. "I'm feeling good ... maybe 90 percent," Ogando said. Feliz has been sidelined since May 19 with a sprained right elbow. He is also scheduled to throw on Saturday and Monday, but the Rangers want to re-evaluate him after that before they decide on the next course of action. Koji Uehara (strained lat muscle) threw in the bullpen without problem on Friday, but the Rangers have not decided when he'll be ready for a rehab assignment. Mark Lowe (strained intercostal muscle) is not expected to resume throwing until after the All-Star break.
Lewis Brinson, the Rangers' first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft (No. 29 overall), went 3-for-5 with his first home run as a professional -- a three-run homer -- in the AZL Rangers' 11-7 win on Thursday. Joey Gallo, the Rangers' second pick in this year's Draft (No. 39 overall) homered for the fifth time this season.
Matt Harrison's eight-inning effort in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the White Sox marked the third complete-game loss by a Rangers pitcher this year. The Rangers and the White Sox (three) are the only teams with multiple complete-game losses this year.
After not being beaten by a left-handed starting pitcher in June, three of the Rangers' four losses in July have come against southpaw starters. Travis Blackley, Chris Sale, and Jose Quintana have combined to go 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA against the Rangers this month.
The Rangers have failed to score at least 10 runs in all but one of their last 35 games after putting up a double-digit run total 10 times in their first 48 games.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Christian Corona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.