Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/7/12

The Texas Rangers are facing quite the pitching pickle this weekend when they play at San Francisco, in a park where they have never won a game.

Though the club has looked at other options, Scott Feldman is expected to make his scheduled start Saturday against the Giants. Feldman hasn't made it through five innings in any of his five starts this season. Before Wednesday's 2-0 loss at Oakland, the Rangers allowed him to go ahead and do his normal between-starts bullpen session, an indication that he would still pitch Saturday.

"We haven't said he isn't going to pitch," manager Ron Washington said.

Another concern arose Tuesday when Derek Holland, in the wake of start that saw a precipitous drop in velocity, acknowledged he is still battling a stomach virus that has been an issue for two weeks. Holland said he has lost 15 pounds while dealing with the issue.

Holland pitched 5 1/3 innings Tuesday before being removed. On Wednesday, he went through his normal post-start routine, but the Rangers won't have a real feel for whether he'll pitch Sunday until his bullpen session Friday at San Francisco.

"It's a concern," Washington said. "We are evaluating. We will just have to wait and see how he comes around. He looked like a ghost (Tuesday) night. We thought (the virus) was out of the clubhouse, but may it's not."

Said Holland: "I've lost quite a bit of weight, and that's concerning, but (Wednesday) feels like a normal day. I didn't get much sleep because I was upset about (Tuesday) night, but I don't feel bad. I just want to be rid of this."

Prior to each of Holland's two starts on the last homestand, he received IV fluids. He did not receive fluids Tuesday. In one of those starts, Holland allowed eight runs in the second inning and was yanked after just 1 2/3 innings. Asked directly if the stomach issue played a part in his short start, Holland said: "I'm not making any excuses."

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