MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Tepesch said Sunday he expects to make his next start after feeling no ill effects from a twinge in his knee that forced him to leave Saturday's start in the seventh inning.

Tepesch said he went through routine treatment and felt fine, though club officials will continue to monitor him.

"We'll continue to see how things go," manager Ron Washington said. "He said he feels good."

When that scheduled next start will be is uncertain. The Rangers haven't set their rotation past Wednesday with an off-day on Thursday before hitting the road for nine games against Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and Houston.

If Tepesch's condition were to take a different turn, Jerome Williams would likely get a second start or perhaps Miles Mikolas, who with the day off would be working on a regular four days' rest.

Williams, who impressed in a spot start on Friday, will be available in long relief today, Washington said.

Derek Holland is another story. He is expected to go out for a minor league rehabilitation stint on Wednesday and presumably remains on schedule, though there seemed to be a some doubt about that on Sunday.

"He still wasn't smooth," said Washington, who personally supervised Holland's fielding practice on Sunday. "We'll have to get together and talk about it."

Holland has missed all season while recovering from surgery on his left knee.


MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 65-39

STREAK: Won two

NEXT: Yankees (RHP David Phelps, 5-4, 3.77 ERA) at Rangers (RHP Yu Darvish, 9-6, 2.92 ERA)


--RHP Miles Mikolas (1-3, 8.54 ERA) regressed a bit after winning his last start on Monday. The 25-year-old took the loss in the Rangers' 9-3 defeat to Oakland, giving up eight runs on on seven hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings on Sunday. He hurt himself with a fielding error that led to an unearned run in the Athletics' five-run second inning. "Giving guys free passes is never a good idea," said Mikolas, who made his fifth start of the season after being called up earlier this month. "Struggled with my control a little today. I think I fell in to some of my bad habits that we'd been working on to correct in the bullpen."

--LF Daniel Robertson went 1-for-4 in the Rangers' 9-3 loss to Oakland on Sunday. Over the past six games, he is 9-for-21 to raise his average from .222 to .274.

--SS Elvis Andrus has reached safely in seven of his last 15 plate appearances after going 1-for-4 in the Rangers' 9-3 loss to Oakland on Sunday. Though neither led to a run, he committed two errors on the same play -- one fielding, one throwing -- his 12th and 13th miscues of the season.