Left-hander Derek Holland will head to Arizona on Wednesday to continue strengthening his left knee and to resume throwing live batting practice after the Rangers determined he was not healthy enough to begin a rehab assignment.
Holland went through a brief session of pitchers fielding practice. He was better than two weeks ago at Minnesota, but Washington said that Holland isn’t ready to pitch in games.
“He’s still got to continue to work,” Washington said. “He was able to move around, but it’s not ready for competition. My eyes tell me he’s not ready. It’s not where it should be.”
Holland, who had microfracture surgery in January after tripping over his dog on a staircase, will stay at extended spring training until June 24. He was frustrated that he won’t be working in games.
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“The strength is definitely better,” said Holland, who won’t return from the disabled list until after the All-Star break. “I guess it wasn’t as good as I thought. It’s their opinion, and I guess they didn’t see what they wanted.”
Holland will have some company. Outfielder Engel Beltre (leg) and infielder Jurickson Profar (shoulder) will head to the Surprise Recreation Campus on Tuesday. Beltre will start going more baseball activities, and Profar will be placed on a conditioning program.
“Everything is fine,” said Beltre, who ran the bases before Holland’s fielding work. “The speed is there.”