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August 17, 2010

Rangers pregame notes

Michael Young was going to get the third game off in this series against Tampa Bay, but a stiff neck pushed that up a day. Manager Ron Washington expects Young, who received treatment throughout the afternoon, to be ready to play Wednesdasy.

Derek Holland will be the Rangers' starting pitcher Wednesday. The left-hander threw a bullpen session Monday. He will be making his first big-league start since May 30 at Minnesota, a game he had to leave after one-plus innings because of mild inflammation in his rotator cuff.

Luke Jackson, the Rangers' third pick in the June draft and No. 45 overall, is at Tropicana Field after signing a term sheet for $1.545 million Monday night. It's doubtful the 18-year-old Floridian has shaved more than once or twice in his lifetime, and the Rangers like the fact that he's young, might grow a few more inches and pack on several more pounds.

Craig Counsell, the Milwaukee veteran infielder, has cleared waivers and could become a target of the Rangers as they explore the pool of available infielders after Joaquin Arias' miserable bottom of the eighth inning Monday night. Arias is not a winning piece, and the Rangers don't have anyone else who is healthy on the 40-man roster to take his spot. They will be without Ian Kinsler and Cristian Guzman for at least 12 more games. That doesn't seem like very long, but a team with aspirations of winning the American League West might not want to go much longer with Arias as their utility man.

-- Jeff Wilson


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