ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland, who has been on the disabled list since June 6 because of a stomach virus, said he is ready to go out on a medical rehabilitation assignment. Holland made that pronouncement after throwing 48 pitches off the mound in another bullpen session on Sunday afternoon. "The bullpen was amazing, I felt really good," Holland said. "I gave it game speed, I gave it everything I had. I think I'm ready to go. It's just a matter of what they think." The Rangers haven't decided yet but Holland will likely go to Triple-A Round Rock sometime at the end of this week to pitch. The Express open a seven-game homestand on Wednesday.
It is still unknown how much longer Holland will be sidelined. Right now, rookie right-hander Justin Grimm is holding down that spot in the rotation and will start on Monday against the Tigers. The Rangers also expect Grimm to start on Saturday against Oakland. That would leave Grimm with one more start before the All-Star break during a three-game series against the Twins on July 6-8. The Rangers aren't sure if Holland will be ready by that point or will need to wait until after the All-Star break.