ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Holland said his adrenaline was flowing at a high rate as he took the mound for his first Triple-A Oklahoma City rehab start since returning from tendinitis in his shoulder and an injured right knee.
"It felt like my first game in the majors," Holland said by phone after his start Wednesday. "I was excited. I wanted to attack the zone and get my fastball working."
Holland felt he succeeded. He was scheduled to throw five innings and did so in just 60 pitches. He allowed one run on one hit with two walks and one strikeout in five innings. The lone run came on a solo homer.
"I throw my fastball and worked in my slider and curve too," Holland said. "I only threw one changeup, but I was in a groove and didn't want to worry about that today."
Holland said he was focused on trying to get as many outs with as few pitches as he could. He certainly did that, averaging just 12 pitches per inning.
"My next start, I'm going to work on my off-speed stuff," Holland said.
Holland will stay on a starter schedule and continue to build up his arm strength. Manager Ron Washington said he wants Holland to make at least two more starts before he could rejoin the Rangers.