Returns for Holland, Cruz are delayed

Returns for Holland, Cruz are delayed

MILWAUKEE -- The Rangers are coming to the conclusion that they are not going to have pitcher Derek Holland or outfielder Nelson Cruz anytime soon.

Holland, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder, has been sent to the Rangers training facility in Surprise, Ariz., to continue his workouts. He threw on flat ground Friday and will do that at least one more time before going back on a mound.

The plan is for Holland to throw at least two sessions of batting practice in Arizona before being assigned to the Minor Leagues on a medical rehabilitation assignment. The Rangers expect Holland to make at least two starts in the Minors before thinking about bringing him back to the Majors.

"That's a fair assessment," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We want to make sure [the inflammation] is completely out of there before he gets back out on the mound. He hasn't lost a lot of arm strength, so it shouldn't be that long once we get him to the mound.

Holland was 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance before he was shut down with inflammation two weeks ago.

Cruz is with the Rangers in Milwaukee but is not close to going on a rehab assignment. He is sidelined with a torn hamstring in his left leg and is still running about 70 percent to 80 percent.

Cruz was hoping to be ready for a rehab assignment this weekend and be activated on Tuesday. But that isn't going to happen. He is probably at least seven days from getting to that point.

The best-case scenario now is being ready next weekend while the team is in Houston and then being activated on the next homestand. This is the second time Cruz has been on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, and the Rangers don't want to rush him back.

"We want to make sure when he comes back, he comes back for good," Daniels said.