Saunders credits Round Rock's Holman in rehab

Saunders credits Round Rock's Holman in rehab

MINNEAPOLIS -- Add Joe Saunders to the list of pitchers who have benefited greatly from the work of Triple-A pitching coach Brad Holman and Arizona pitching rehabilitation coordinator Keith Comstock.

Both helped Saunders during his long stay on the disabled list. Holman suggested a mechanical adjustment in Saunders' delivery that apparently made a big difference in his final rehab start for Round Rock.

"One little thing can make a huge difference in the way things come out," Saunders said. "Brad just has certain things that he can kind of relate to, and he helps you figure it out easily. He's a guru. I've talked to players, ex-Rangers, everybody I talked to has nothing but good things to say about him."

Comstock is in his sixth season as the Rangers' rehab pitching coordinator, but he was also a pitching coach in the Angels' organization when Saunders came up through their system.

"He helped me to the big leagues," Saunders said. "I credit him with getting me to the big leagues. He is a special human being. I can't thank him enough. The Rangers are blessed with some great pitching minds. [Mike] Maddux and [Andy] Hawkins up here have been amazing."

Saunders is scheduled to come off the DL and face the Twins on Wednesday.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.