Holland not quite ready for rehab start

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland is not ready for a rehab start yet. The club did some tests on the strength of Holland’s surgically repaired left knee and determined that the left-hander will keep building strength and won't opt for a rehab start just yet.

"The original prognosis was second half after the All-Star break, and he's come along so quickly in a lot of areas that we're hopeful it's before that," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "But there was some highly optimistic thought that he could be ready for a rehab assignment as early as next week, but we're going to tap the brakes on that."

Holland, who had surgery this offseason, continues to throw simulated innings in hopes for a midseason return. The 27-year-old threw three innings Thursday and is working out and building muscle around the knee.

"We just want to make sure it's stronger than it is right now," Daniels said. "There were no issues with the surgery. He's doing great. This would have been well ahead of schedule. He has a chance to beat the prescribed time plan, but we just want to be smart with it."