MIAMI -- Derek Holland probably won't be ready until the All-Star break. It could be that long for fellow Rangers starter Rich Harden, as well. Both are on the disabled list and both are still in the beginning stages of the recovery process. Holland, sidelined with inflammation in his left rotator cuff, is at the Rangers' training facility in Surprise, Ariz., and he threw a light bullpen session on Tuesday. Holland threw just 20 pitches and they were all fastballs. The session went well, according to assistant general manager Thad Levine. The plan is for Holland to throw another light bullpen session on Thursday and a longer one on Saturday. After that, he could begin throwing batting-practice sessions. The next step would be at least a couple of medical rehabilitation starts, and that could take the Rangers up to the All-Star break.
"We're being very cautious in building him back up," Levine said. Harden, who went on the disabled list on Saturday with a strained gluteus muscle, has been shut down from throwing for five days. He will resume on Thursday by long-tossing, but the Rangers won't rush him back either. The Rangers not only want Harden healthy, but they also want him to work with pitching coach Mike Maddux and address some pitching issues. "He'll probably have a couple of rehab starts," manager Ron Washington said.