{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Holland itching to go on rehab assignment

|
Holland itching to go on rehab assignment play video for Holland itching to go on rehab assignment

ARLINGTON -- Despite his desperate desire to return to the diamond, Rangers pitcher Derek Holland still isn't quite ready to begin a medical rehab assignment.

Holland had surgery to repair torn cartilage behind his left knee after a January fall in his home and is itching to to begin competing again.

"I feel great. I feel like I can do everything," Holland said Thursday. "I can field my position, I can make the plays when needed."

But both Rangers manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels said that though Holland is certainly showing signs of improvement, the left-hander is still not 100 percent.

Holland went through pitcher's fielding practice Thursday.

"He's moving to the ball better, his throws are better," Washington said. "Still the leg is foreign to him. We have to figure out a way to get that leg a part of his thinking, without thinking about it, you know?"

Daniels said the next step for Holland is throwing in a simulated game Saturday -- not quite a full-game speed, but more than he's done since the injury.

Holland is eager for the next step.

"No matter what, I obviously respect their decision. There's no doubt about it," Holland said. "Me personally,I want to play. I want to be out there helping these guys out. I want to be a part of this, I want to do whatever it takes."

Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español