Baker to get next turn as fifth starter

Baker to get next turn as fifth starter

ARLINGTON -- With Miles Mikolas sidelined with shoulder fatigue, Scott Baker will remain in the Rangers' rotation as the fifth starter. But he won't start again until next Saturday against the Braves.

The Rangers, with the off-day on Monday, are going with Colby Lewis, Nick Tepesch and Nick Martinez against the Angels. Derek Holland will start on Friday against the Braves and Baker will follow.

Mikolas has been sidelined since Aug. 25 and has not resumed throwing. He had an injection and is reporting significant improvement in the shoulder. He is also hoping to pitch again this season rather than just shutting it down. His mission is to prove to the Rangers he can be a candidate for the rotation next year, so he is still hoping to pitch.

"I want to, yes," Mikolas said. "I want to leave the season and let everybody know I'm healthy and ready to go in Spring Training. Even if it's a couple innings out of the bullpen, to put everybody's mind at ease, any action would be good."

With Baker staying in the rotation, Robbie Ross Jr. will likely work out of the bullpen.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.