ARLINGTON, Texas -- After running through around fifteen minutes of fielding drills before Wednesday’s game, Rangers manager Ron Washington said starting pitcher Derek Holland isn’t ready for a rehab assignment yet.
“He’s not ready for rehab, so he’s got to work,” Washington said. “He’s better, but he’s not ready for competition.”
While he said he believes he is ready, Holland said he could feel his leg was still stiff through covering first and fielding bunts down both lines.
The staff watching Holland through the workout, including Washington, knew he wasn’t ready yet before he went over to talk with them, Holland said.
“I guess it just wasn’t as good,” Holland said. “It was their opinion. I’m going to go by them. They want to make sure everything is right. I do, too. I want it to be a one-time thing. I don’t want this to be a thing that I have to go back on the DL. I want to get it right the first time.”
Holland will be sent to Arizona on Wednesday to throw live batting practice and continue working on the leg strength of his surgically repaired left knee that was injured before the beginning of the season, resulting in the left-handed pitcher missing the entire season to date. He is expected to return from Surprise on June 24.
While he said he agrees with the precaution taken, his frustration was evident.
“I feel like I can go out and play with it, but the real thing is that is not going to happen,” Holland said.
Washington, on the other hand, said there is no need to worry as Holland’s rehab remains on schedule.
“Our projection was after the All-Star break, so no need to be getting excited right now,” Washington said. “It’s better. He’s able to move around, but he’s not ready for competition.”