Rangers’ Tepesch hopes to make next start

ARLINGTON, Texas – In a rare bit of good injury news for the Texas Rangers this season, starter Nick Tepesch said his left knee felt better Sunday and he thinks he’ll make his next start.

Tepesch left Saturday’s game three pitches into the seventh after feeling some discomfort delivering his last pitch.

He got treatment on the knee and reported progress.

"It feels all right," Tepesch said. "It’s a real good sign. I plan on making it (my next start)."

When that start comes remains to be seen. The club hasn’t set its rotation past Wednesday’s series finale against New York. The club has an off day Thursday and then travels to Cleveland. The club could start Tepesch, Miles Mikolas or Jerome Williams Friday against the Indians. One factor in that decision is the health of Tepesch. The roster could also have a different look by then because of Thursday’s trade deadline.

One pitcher who won’t be starting in Cleveland is Derek Holland. Holland, who threw a bullpen Sunday at Globe Life Park, also did fielding drills for the team Sunday. He was still favoring his left leg, which he had microfracture surgery on in January.

"He still wasn’t smooth," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Despite the less than perfect fielding work Washington said Holland is still slated to make a two-inning start for Frisco Wednesday.