Derek Holland pitched three scoreless innings on Saturday in his third rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco versus Tulsa.
Holland, who is coming back from left knee surgery on Jan. 10, gave up three hits with four strikeouts. The left-hander threw 49 pitches, 30 for strikes.
"I felt really good," said Holland. "The big thing was I commanded my fastball better. I got back in the zone. I'm disappointed fastball wise, but command was great, offspeed was good. Good tempo."
Holland ran in an attempt to cover first base in the first inning. Which was a good test for the knee.
"My health is good. I'm using the knee," said Holland.
Holland's previous rehab outings were July 30 for Frisco versus Midland when he had two scoreless innings and Aug. 4 for Round Rock versus Memphis, when he gave up four runs and four hits in an inning.
Holland has not pitched all season for the Rangers. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list March 3 for left knee surgery rehab.
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less