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Holland back with the Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers pitches in game two of the double header against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 30, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

First a sweep in the Tampa Bay series and a walk off win against Seattle and now the news has hit and it is hot. Dutch Oven hot! Derek Holland after being sidelined with a shoulder injury is coming back to the Rangers. His will start on Wednesday.

He had four rehab starts in the minors and his numbers were good. In 12 innings pitched he has 19 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.88. Even better news is Holland feels good and went to Rangers manager Jeff Banister to tell him.

“Plain and simple I’m ready to go,” Holland said. “I proved my point. My arm is feeling live. Everything’s good. In my eyes my next step is to be able to join my team.”

Derek brings some rotation relief and some experience back to the Ranger dugout. With Holland coming back it mean Chi Chi Gonzalez will go back to Round Rock.

Coming back is something Holland has experience in when last year after a knee injury sidelined him for five months he came back to the mound with 2.46 ERA. The Ranger are hoping that Holland can drop it likes it’s hot and crank up the heat on an  already hot Ranger team to the playoffs.

Holland allowed eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six. He started the day by retiring the side in order in the first and was rewarded with three runs from his offense in the bottom of the inning. He ended the day with one out and one on in the seventh, having thrown 93 pitches while leaving with a 3-2 lead. The Rangers blew open a tight game in the 7th inning by connecting on back-to-back-to-back home runs by Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus to make a winner out of Derek Holland something he had not been since April 10th.

Welcome Back Derek Holland! We have missed you!

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