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March 16, 2013

Food poisoning sacks Derek Holland during WBC

The Rangers are awaiting the arrival of left-hander Derek Holland to learn how he has recovered from a bout of food poisoning suffered Wednesday and Thursday while at the World Baseball Classic.

Holland is expected back to Surprise, Ariz., on Saturday and has been tentatively scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Wednesday. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said that the start could be moved to Tuesday if Holland has regained his strength.

The Rangers said that Holland will be examined further Monday. They do not consider the illness to be serious.

Maddux, whose brother, Greg, was the pitching coach for Team USA, said that Holland was sent home from the ballpark in Miami on Thursday night and wasn't available to pitch in the second round. Mike Maddux said that he wasn't sure if Holland's health contributed to manager Joe Torre selecting Ryan Vogelsong to pitch Saturday in an elimination game against Puerto Rico.

Holland has had problems with his stomach in the past. He was hit with a virus last season that caused him to lose weight and strength and eventually have to go on the disabled list in June with shoulder fatigue.

-- Jeff Wilson



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