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June 06, 2012

Derek Holland sacked by stomach virus

The dramatic dip in velocity that Derek Holland experienced in the sixth inning Tuesday night was related to a lingering stomach virus that has caused the left-hander to lose 10 to 15 pounds.

Holland has been affected by the illness since the Rangers' three-game series last month at Seattle, and his weight has dropped from 217 pounds to 202. He has been prescribed medicine and is eating regularly.

"I don't feel anything stomach-wise when I'm out there," Holland said. "It's more of a weakness thing. I've just got to keep plugging away and get that weight back and it'll be OK. I'm not freaking out or anything."

He took a shutout into the fifth inning before allowing a two-out two-run homer to Collin Cowgill. The velocity drop was noticeable in the sixth, when he allowed a homer to Yoenis Cespedes on a breaking ball, walked Brandon Inge and allowed a single to Kila Ka'aihue. He was removed at just 92 pitches.

"It kind of was creeping on me,” Holland said. "In the middle of the fifth is when it really started kicking in."

-- Jeff Wilson











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Is it just me, or should management expect professional athletes to take care of themselves a little better? We don't have all the details, but nutritional science and knowledge is so far beyond getting a stomach bug and accidentally losing 15 pounds in the process. Immune-system building is key - and medicine is poison.

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