Holland confident in fastball after 'pen session

Holland confident in fastball after 'pen session

ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland threw a bullpen Thursday in anticipation of starting for the Rangers on Saturday, and he said he had major improvement in fastball command. An erratic fastball forced Holland out of Monday's start against Oakland after three innings.

"I had control of my fastball this time," Holland said. "I could tell which way it was going to go. It felt a lot better than in that game."

Holland struggled with his fastball command up in the strike zone and on both sides of the plate Monday, and it resulted in his shortest outing since May 30 against Seattle. Holland allowed two home runs, upping his season total to 30. His 1.63 home runs allowed per nine innings is the third highest in the American League. It was the first time he hadn't pitched at least five innings since going 1 2/3 against the Mariners in that May 30 start.

Holland hadn't been told yet if he was starting Saturday's game.