Holland to play catch on Saturday

Holland to play catch on Saturday

ARLINGTON -- Starter Derek Holland, who went on the 15-day disabled list on June 1, will play catch on Saturday for the first time since his injury.

Holland left in the second inning of last Sunday's game against the Twins with mild inflammation of the left rotator cuff.

"He'll play catch [Saturday] and then they'll stretch him out on flat ground," manager Ron Washington said. "He'll then throw a bullpen [session] and we'll see where we are from there. Once he throws a bullpen then we can make a call."

Holland said it's been stressful having to sit around idle and not throw.

"I'm not going to lie, its very nerve-racking just waiting," Holland said. "You want to get out there; you want to start doing things. But the best thing to do is take it slow. You don't want to rush into anything."

Since being placed on the DL, Holland has been doing light strength conditioning.

"I've been doing shoulder stuff just to get myself stronger and hope that it doesn't happen again," Holland said. "It's best for me not to take it one day at a time and not look ahead."

The Rangers called up Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill Holland's spot in the rotation. Hunter went 9-6 with a 4.10 ERA for the Rangers last season, so Washington isn't under pressure to rush Holland back.

"The urgency is that he only get healthy," Washington said. "Whatever time that takes. If he can get it done in the next 15 days we'll make a call."