Kyle Blanks will be held out of all baseball activity for several days after undergoing surgery to remove a pilonidal cyst from his lower back. Blanks, on the disabled list for the seventh time since August 2009, declined to discuss his situation.
Left-hander Derek Holland, who has pitched only one inning this season, received permission to begin a light throwing program in the next week.
An MRI test Friday showed signs of continued healing in the strained subcapularis muscle in the back of the left shoulder. Holland will start throwing on flat ground within a week and undergo another MRI in about three weeks. If that goes well, he will advance to throwing off a mound.
Briefly: The Rangers will appeal an official scorer’s ruling from Friday that had Delino DeShields reaching on an error by Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius. The Rangers contend Gregorius had no play, and DeShields should be credited with a two-run single in the seven-run third inning. The scorer gave an error to Gregorius and awarded a run-scoring force to DeShields. …
Left-hander Matt Harrison, trying to return from spinal fusion surgery, pitched four scoreless innings in his second start with the extended spring training team. He threw 62 pitches. … Right-hander Alec Asher was promoted from Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock. Frank Lopez, a strike-throwing left-hander, replaced Asher at Frisco. In the high Class A California League, Lopez was 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA and eight walks with 43 strikeouts in 422/3 innings.
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