HOUSTON -- Derek Holland's 30-day rehab assignment has expired. The next stop? The Rangers' rotation.
Holland made his sixth start for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday night. He went 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits, two walks and five strikeouts. He allowed two home runs and threw 98 pitches. His throwing error on a pickoff led to one unearned run.
Manager Ron Washington told Holland before the start that he wanted to see him "dominate" the opposition. Washington will wait to hear from team officials in attendance if there were any signs of that.
Holland is expected to rejoin the Rangers on Friday in Houston, and Washington will talk with pitching coach Mike Maddux to decide the next step.
Holland, sidelined since undergoing surgery in the offseason to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, is expected to be activated when rosters expand in September, and he could possibly make his first start during the three-game series with the Royals next week in Kansas City.
"I felt good," Holland said. "I needed to pound the zone and get myself ready, and I did that. The knee is good, the knee is fine, everything is normal. The big thing was to show that I'm ready to go, and my thing now is to be a part of the team again."
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