ARLINGTON -- Of the five Rangers pitchers on the disabled list, Derek Holland may be the one to come back first. Holland threw three innings in his first rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock last night, giving up one run, walking two and striking out one. He threw 39 pitches, 24 of them for strikes and surrendered a solo home run in the third inning. Before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow fatigue June 7, Holland was 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA. He was also suffering from a stomach virus.
"I thought it was very productive," Holland said of his rehab start. "I threw a lot of strikes. I did everything to keep my team in the game. I thought I did a pretty good job of keeping my pitch count down." Holland threw about 15 pitches in the bullpen after his outing Wednesday and will start again in Round Rock Monday. A decision on whether to active him will be made following that outing. The current plan is to have Holland make three starts with the Express. "It just depends on how he does and what the need is at the time," manager Ron Washington said. "When he gets his last one, it'll be a total blowout. We'll just let him go as long as he can go." Colby Lewis (forearm tightness), Alexi Ogando (strained groin), Koji Uehara (strained lat), and Neftali Feliz (elbow inflammation) are not expected back until after the All-Star break. But if Holland returns after his outing Monday, he could start against the Twins in the Rangers' final series before the break. "I'm not trying to rush anything," Holland said. "I'm doing my part to get myself ready. I want to be back here and finish strong to help the team get to where we want it to go. We're really happy that, despite what's going with injuries, everyone's been stepping up and doing their part."