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Pregame Notes: Holland to pitch Tuesday

HOUSTON -- The Rangers will activate left-handed starter Derek Holland from the disabled list and he will start Tuesday night against Kansas City.

Holland made his sixth and final rehab start Thursday night for Triple-A Round Rock to test his control, make sure his back and knee were fine and to build more arm strength.

Holland lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on 98 pitches. He said this was his best outing overall, however, his manager wasn't that impressed with his six rehab efforts.

“Yeah, I guess it is,” Ron Washington said when asked if Holland’s rehab outings were OK. “Me personally, I wanted him to dominate. I think he’s that good. He did OK."

Between Round Rock and one outing at Double-A Frisco, Holland compiled a 4.43 ERA and allowed 10 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings of work.

Holland missed the start of the season when he needed left knee surgery after suffering an injury while tripping over his dog in his house.

After proving he could pitch without leg issues, Holland missed a rehab start last Sunday with back spasms. With the Rangers expanding the rosters with September call-ups, it’s only a natural Holland gets an opportunity to get a few starts.

“It’s been a long process,” he said. “Obviously longer than what we expected. But at the same time, it was more of if we were in the pennant race, maybe we should have been back sooner. I can’t dictate that. My job is to go out there and compete and show them that I can perform and that I’m ready to go.”

Choice tries to get going: Michael Choice was fantastic in spring training.

He did what you’re supposed to do: win a spot on the roster.

Choice had a problem once the season started, he couldn’t hit and was demoted to Triple-A Round Rock on July 7. He's returned and in the last three games is hitless in 10 at-bats.

On the season, Choice is hitting .168 with a .242 OBP.

“Things are a lot different for me now,” said Choice, an Arlington native. “No. 1, I’m a lot more relaxed and I know what to expect and I’m just trying to get as many good at-bats as I can.”

The Rangers haven’t run out of patience.

“We just want to give Michael a chance to settle in,” Washington said. “It was his third game back, Mike might be a little bit shaky.”

Base Hits: RF Jim Adduci wasn’t at the ballpark Friday as he deals with a concussion. ... 1B Ryan Rua, who was called up Friday, will play first base and outfield for the Rangers. Washington said Rua’s best position is second base followed by third. Rua said he carries three gloves with him. ... Friday will be Scott Baker’s last outing as a starter because he’ll move back to long relief to accommodate Holland’s return to the rotation.