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The Texas Rangers placed struggling left-hander Derek Holland on the disabled list with what they're calling left shoulder fatigue. The 25-year-old pitcher told ESPN Dallas that he had a stomach ailment that, in the last two and a half weeks, caused him to lose approximately 15 pounds.
Texas called up Tanner Scheppers from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Holland on the active roster and will pitch in relief. The extremely talented right-hander has had a breakthrough season for the Express by displaying excellent control to go along with his high-end strikeout stuff. He may receive roto interest from those in deep dynasty formats.
The Rangers will push Alexi Ogando to take Holland's spot in the rotation temporarily. The right-hander's first turn will come on Sunday, against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. He thinks that he'll have roughly 70 bullets in his rifle, according to ESPN Dallas' reporters. Don't expect him to last more than five frames.
The limit doesn't mean that the 28-year-old is a poor option in deep leagues, at least, however. Fantasy owners saw the success that he had last season, and he continues to put up fantastic numbers as a reliever. He may be worth a speculative addition on the off chance that Holland is out for an extended period. If that turns out to be the case, Texas would be likelier to boot Scott Feldman from the rotation when Roy Oswalt is ready.
Judging from the vagueness of various reports, how much Holland's illness has had to do with his shoulder fatigue is unclear. Considering the weight he's lost, it may take him a few weeks to regain the strength and conditioning required to overcome the shoulder ailment.
Hopefully it's not a sign of something more serious. It would certainly explain the poor results of Holland's last few starts. Those in very shallow leagues don't need to feel attached, but the southpaw is certainly worth holding in deeper formats.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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