ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland, on the disabled list while recovering from a stomach virus, had his second bullpen session off a mound on Friday. He threw 42 pitches, but the Rangers have still not yet decided when he will be ready for a medical rehabilitation assignment."There is no timetable," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "When we feel he is ready we'll make the move. We're not going to rush him. We want to make sure everything we do is so that he is ready to come back and doesn't need to go back on the disabled list." Holland has not pitched since June 5 in a 6-3 victory over the Athletics. He was placed on the disabled list two days later because of a stomach virus that had left him in an unusually weak condition. He also lost 15 pounds during the process. Holland said his weight and strength have returned. "I treated that as if it was a real bullpen," Holland said. "I'm super happy. I started gassing it up and everything. I was fine. It was a basic bullpen for me. I want to go somewhere. I want to get out of here. I hate being on the DL." Neftali Feliz (sprained right elbow) and Alexi Ogando (strained groin muscle), are still limited to flat ground. Koji Uehara (strained lat muscle) has not resumed throwing.
Hamilton going Hollywood? Film may be in works
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton's story could be headed to the movie theaters. Hamilton has reached an agreement with a production company to possibly make a movie about his life story.The Rangers released the following statement on Friday: "Josh and Katie Hamilton are pleased to announce that they have been approached by Casey Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures and have agreed to the creation of a feature film about their lives. While they are not involved with the actual Hollywood pitching process, the Hamiltons will be an integral part of the film's creative direction and accuracy as the project develops." Hamilton declined to discuss the project any further. There is no timetable on when the movie will come out and no word on who would play Hamilton or his wife. There apparently has been quite a bit of interest from people wanting to make this movie since Hamilton made his comeback and reached the Majors Leagues with the Reds in 2007. The Rangers acquired him after that season. Hamilton was the No. 1 overall pick by the Rays in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, but had his career derailed because of difficult battles with drug and alcohol abuse. He missed 3 1/2 seasons in 2003-06 because of his problems before he was finally able to get his life back together. He released a book after the 2008 season called "Beyond Belief."
Rangers pitchers await players' All-Star vote
ARLINGTON -- Rangers players did their voting for the All-Star team on Friday. Their pitchers await the result of that voting from other players around the American League.The fans vote for the starting nine position players and the players vote for the nine reserves. But the players also vote for five starting pitchers and three relievers. The Rangers have three starting pitchers deserving of at least consideration: Matt Harrison (9-3, 3.41 ERA), Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.00) and Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.45). "It is what it is," Harrison said. "I'll be glad to go, the All-Star Game is an awesome experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But we have a bunch of guys throwing the ball well on our pitching staff. They're just as deserving to go as I am." The AL will have a 13-man pitching staff. Manager Ron Washington, in charge of the AL team for the second straight year, gets to pick seven additional players, including five pitchers. Washington's first responsibility with his seven selections is making sure that every team has an All-Star representative. The five starting pitchers selected by the players aren't locked in to going to Kansas City. Anybody who pitches on Sunday before the All-Star Game will be dropped from the roster. That's how the American League lost Justin Verlander, James Shields and C.C. Sabathia last year. That's also how Alexi Ogando made the team. He finished high enough in the players' voting to be next in line when Sabathia dropped out. He was one of two Rangers starters to make the team. Washington also selected C.J. Wilson. Closer Joe Nathan, who has a 1.57 ERA and 15 saves, should get consideration as one of the relievers.
Lead TV broadcaster Dave Barnett continues to undergo medical tests and is not expected to be back during the Rangers' three-game series against the Rockies this weekend. Steve Busby will continue to team with Tom Grieve on the broadcasts during Barnett's absence. The Rangers have signed two drafted players off the Kent State team that played in the College World Series: pitcher Ryan Bores (27th round) and catcher David Lyon (34th round). The Rangers also signed non-drafted left-hander Rybe Slack out of Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College. Ian Kinsler turned 30 on Friday. Roy Oswalt is 34. The Rangers haven't had a starting pitcher that old since Kenny Rogers, 40, made his last start for the club on Sept. 29, 2005.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.