Holaday (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Round Rock, MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports. Holaday seems to be recovering well from a bruised thumb and figures to play at least a few games at Triple-A before he's activated from the DL. Even if his activation happens Friday when first eligible, there's no guarantee that Holaday will return to the big-league roster since he's not a clear upgrade over either Robinson Chirinos or Bobby Wilson.
Holaday went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Cleveland. Just because he usually bats ninth in the batting order, that doesn't mean Holaday isn't a dangerous hitter when he gets playing time. The 28-year-old catcher owns a respectable .451 slugging percentage, and has seven extra-base hits in his last eight appearances. Don't foget about him amid the talented Rangers lineup.
Holaday hit his first home run as part of a 3-for-4 game with two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the White Sox. The Rangers have been alternating between Holaday and Bobby Wilson behind the plate since Robinson Chirinos went on the disabled list, and neither has proven the hotter hand over that time. Holaday's home run Tuesday night matches one from Wilson on Sunday, and as long as both are producing, it's hard to imagine one or the other will take the lion's share of the at-bats. Holaday still owns a meager .220/.291/.360 line even after the big game Tuesday.
Holaday is not in the lineup Monday for the second straight day. Holaday and Bobby Wilson have alternated the starts behind the plate since last Wednesday, but Wilson earned himself a second consecutive start by going 3-for-4 with a home run Sunday. The two figure to continue sharing the catching duties moving forward.
Holaday is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake reports. Holaday has continued to struggle at the plate, as he's batting just .154 and will once again make way for Brett Nicholas to start at catcher. Texas acquired fellow catcher Bobby Wilson via a trade earlier Tuesday, further signaling that Holaday may have lost his grip on the starting role with Robinson Chirinos sidelined.