Holland solid in first rehab start

Holland solid in first rehab start

ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Derek Holland had a successful rehab start in his first appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday.

Holland picked up the win after allowing just one run on one hit with two walks in a strikeout in five innings of work. The plan was for him to throw five innings, and he accomplished that feat in only 60 pitches.

"He threw 60 pitches today. Of course, we've got to get him to over 100," manager Ron Washington said. "I figure, he threw 60 so next time he might go 90."

The only hit Holland surrendered came in his final inning on a homer by Round Rock's Chris Shelton. The only other baserunners he allowed came via walks, both of which led off the first and third innings.

But Washington viewed the start as a success. And should Holland work his pitch count back up, his return to the Rangers could come soon.

"We're looking at maybe two more starts before he might be available to come up here, take the ball and keep it for as long as he has to," Washington said. "We can't bring him up here and have him on a pitch count."