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Former Bulldog pitcher promoted to big leagues

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webmaster | 06/08/12

OAKLAND (AP) — The Texas Rangers placed lefthander Derek Holland on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a fatigued left shoulder.

Holland (5-4) has been dealing with a stomach virus that has caused him to lose 10-15 pounds over the past couple of weeks and the team is concerned about him pitching in a weakened condition. He flew back to Texas on Thursday to be checked out by a doctor.

The move was made before the series finale Thursday in Oakland. It is retroactive to Wednesday, a day after Holland pitched 5 1-3 innings and allowed three runs in a victory over the A’s.

Right-hander Tanner Scheppers, formerly of Fresno State, was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take Holland’s place on the roster. Alexei Ogando will take Holland’s place in the rotation and start Sunday in San Francisco against the Giants.

Ogando was 13-8 with a 3.51 ERA last year when he was mostly a starter. He moved to the bullpen this season and is 1-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 27 games. Ogando hasn’t thrown more than 39 pitches in a game this season so it is unlikely he will be able to go deep into the game Sunday.

Scheppers was 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA and nine saves at Triple-A Round Rock. He got the news Wednesday and joined the team in Oakland on Thursday. He made his major league debut in the game, allowing a solo homer to Brandon Moss in 1 2-3 innings of relief.

“I’m definitely excited,” he said before the game. “It’s unfortunate I’m here because somebody got hurt but it’s a dream come true. I’m here to help out the team any way I can. I’ll make the most of it.”


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