ARLINGTON -- After making two Minor League starts, Derek Holland will be on a big league mound for the first time in over a month when he starts on Saturday against the Twins.
Holland, who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue on June 7, gave up eight hits and five runs, all in the final frame of his six-inning outing on Wednesday night with Triple-A Round Rock. The original plan called for Holland, who had also been suffering from a stomach virus, to make three starts in the Minor Leagues, but he will be activated after just two.
"I'm excited," Holland said. "I feel great. I've got most of the weight back. I'm not all the way back yet, but it's kind of hard when you're in this Texas heat. Everything's good. The shoulder feels great. Everything feels great."
Holland went 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 12 games, 11 starts, striking out 59 and walking 24 before being placed on the DL. He gave up one run in three innings during his first rehab start with Round Rock, going 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his two Minor League starts.
"I did what I had to do make myself ready for this start," Holland said. "I want to be a starter and a closer. I want to start the game and I want to close it."