ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Derek Holland worked his only start in the club's Rookie League on Friday night and had positive results.
Holland didn't give up a hit or walk in his three innings of work and used only 38 pitches to get through those frames. He struck out six, and the only baserunner to reach came on a wild pitch after striking out.
"He threw three innings yesterday with zeroes everywhere," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He overmatched those young boys. That was just a precursor for him to get going and get on out of there. Those young boys didn't have a chance."
Holland will now head to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he'll pitch on Wednesday.
"Other than to go out there and continue to build up," Washington said of the plan for Holland. "He's going out to Oklahoma."
Washington said Holland -- who originally went on the DL with left shoulder inflammation -- will try and throw five innings in that start before the Rangers will reevaluate him.