Second half rotation set: Holland, Darvish, Harrison, Oswalt, Lewis
Manager Ron Washington has his rotation for the second half of the season set. Derek Holland, Yu Darvish, and Matt Harrison will start the three games against the Mariners, the Rangers’ first series after the All-Star Break while Roy Oswalt and Colby Lewis will start in the two-game series against Oakland.
Colby Lewis, who was placed on the DL June 26 with tightness in his right forearm, will become the second starting pitcher to return to the rotation July 18 against Oakland. He threw a 37-pitch bullpen session before Saturday’s game against the Twins and will have another bullpen session at his Bakersfield home Tuesday.
Darvish had his last start before the All-Star break skipped Saturday when Holland, who was on the DL for a month with shoulder fatigue and a stomach virus, took over for him and pitched six innings in the Rangers’ 4-3 win. He will be pitching on nearly two weeks’ rest when he goes up against the Mariners next weekend.
Roy Oswalt will pitch the Rangers’ last game before the All-Star break tonight against the Twins while Harrison goes into the break with a team-best 11-3 record.