Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/6/12

After his starting pitcher saw a precipitous drop in velocity Tuesday, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was asked if Derek Holland were healthy.

"Depends on what you mean by healthy," Washington said.

Turns out, Holland isn't healthy, but then, again, he isn't hurt.

After a 6-3 win over Oakland in which Holland saw his fastball velocity drop from nearly 93 mph to 88 mph, the left-hander said he has been battling a stomach virus for nearly two weeks. He's lost between 10 and 15 pounds, which he said left him fatigued by the middle innings.

Holland took a shutout to the fifth inning, but his velocity dropped to about 90 mph in the inning, and the A's scored twice off him. In the sixth, it dropped to 88 mph before he was pulled. For the season, he had averaged 93.1 mph with his fastball, which ranked eighth among AL starters.

"My stomach doesn't bother me when I'm on the mound," Holland said. "It's more of a weakness kind of thing. I saw the drop in velocity on the scoreboard, but I didn't feel it. It felt to me like it was still coming out of my arm just fine. When I saw that, it concerned me for a little bit, but I've still got to try to get outs."

Asked directly if his shoulder or elbow were bothering him, Holland said both were fine.

Holland said he is on medication and likely will undergo some gastrointestinal tests to determine the root cause of the lingering virus when the club returns home from its current road trip.

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