Prized pitching prospect Derek Holland was called up by Texas Saturday morning, scratching his scheduled start tonight against Memphis.
To make room for Holland the Rangers designated reliever Josh Rupe for assignment. It’s an interesting move for the Rangers, especially since Holland didn’t look strong in his first Triple-A start last week. Holland pitched four innings, giving up five hits and four earned runs with five strikeouts.
Thomas Diamond will start in his place. Diamond had begun the season in the bullpen. It’s unclear whether or not he will stay there with Holland’s departure.
Holland is likely to start his career with the big league club as a reliever, something team president Nolan Ryan has said was under consideration during spring training.