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March 17, 2013

Derek Holland scheduled for Tuesday minor-league start

Derek Holland is feeling better and believes he’s almost recovered from his bout with food poisoning he suffered while at the World Baseball Classic.

Holland, who made only one start for Team USA on March 10, is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game on Tuesday. Bullpen coach Andy Hawkins expects Holland will throw five innings and 80 pitches.

“I’ve gotten to a better stage now,” Holland said. “It’s better. I just had to watch what I ate, but I’m just like, ‘Is this really happening to me?’”

Holland, of course, was having an “unbelievable” time at the WBC when the stomach bug knocked him out of the second round. He has had problems with his stomach in the past. He missed about a month last year after a virus caused him to lose weight and strength.

Holland said this is a separate issue, but will still meet with one of the Rangers’ physicians, David Hunter, tonight before pitching in Tuesday’s game.

As far as his WBC experience, Holland said: “For me, it was a huge honor. At the same time, we were trying to go out and win everything. This is where baseball was invented and we were supposed to go out there and do our part and win it all. Unfortunately we came up short, but you’ve got to tip your hat to the other guys.”

Here are a few other notable items from this morning:

* Kyle McClellan said he felt something in the first inning of his two-inning outing on Tuesday against Milwaukee, but didn’t think it was anything serious. It was, though, as he is sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks with a strained right lat. “It’s just part of the process,” McClellan said. “It’s hard because I felt so close and my stuff was pretty good.”

McClellan said he expects to stay with the Rangers even though he can opt out of his contract on March 22. He isn’t looking forward to what will be his fourth career extended spring training, but joked that he will at least have company with Colby Lewis and Joakim Soria.

* Ivan Rodriguez, who joined the Rangers’ front-office staff last month, has arrived at Rangers camp and is working with the catchers today. 

-- Drew Davison

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