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HOUSTON -- Derek Holland was on the field early Saturday afternoon going through more defensive drills with manager Ron Washington. The Rangers have been testing Holland regularly through the summer to see how his left knee responds.

But Holland was the one who requested this workout.

"Just because I'm back doesn't mean I'm going to stop working on stuff," Holland said. "I want to make sure the sharpness is there and I can field my position. It feels good, no issues at all."

Holland is scheduled to make his first start for the Rangers on Tuesday against the Royals. He has been sidelined all season after undergoing surgery on his left knee in January and has made six starts on rehab assignment with no issues. The Rangers are still concerned how the knee will hold up, especially when Holland has to field his position.

"I think it will get better," Washington said. "He is moving well enough to do what he has to do. It will get better but his knee is finally where he doesn't have to think about it."

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.

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