Derek Holland needed 72 pitches to get through 3.2 innings of his second rehab start with the Round Rock Express Thursday, allowing three runs and four hits.
'That ain't ready,' Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
What has been a prolonged rehabilitation for Holland looks to be even longer. Even as the Rangers prepare to hit the road next week without a fifth starter, Holland's name likely won't be called to immediately address the issue.
The line of questioning Friday afternoon surrounding the lefty recovering from a run-in with his dog started with a matter-of-fact response from the Texas manager, who said, 'We're not talking about Derek Holland.'
Oddly enough, he proceeded to talk about Derek Holland with the media, saying Holland isn't expected back until September.
'Derek is going to be [at Triple A] as long as we need him down there,' Washington said. 'My guess is he'll be down there until there are no more minor league games to play.'
The Express did make some errors behind Holland in his last start Thursday, and only one of the three runs Reno scored against him was earned. Two outings prior, though, Holland allowed four earned runs in one inning of work, and he currently holds an unsightly 9.64 ERA at the Triple A level.
Holland will likely be among the group of September promotions when major league rosters expand. Until then, the plan is to increase his pitch count -- ideally to 85 or 90 in his next outing, according to Washington -- and establish consistency.
'I want him to do what he has to do,' Wash said.
Whatever that means... See you in September, Derek.
Rangers purchase Edwards
The club announced Friday that it purchased the contract of RHPJon Edwards from Round Rock and optioned Robbie Ross to Triple A after his disappointing start Thursday.
Washington said the reasoning for Ross's demotion was that the team 'doesn't need him,' as a two-game set in Miami is book-ended by two off days, so the Rangers won't need a fifth starter for two weeks.
Edwards, who arrived in Arlington a couple hours before game time Friday night, will add a fresh arm to help protect other members of the bullpen. He would become the 36th pitcher used by Texas this season, one away from a Big League record that will likely be broken in September.