Derek Holland wants to start pitching on a medical rehabilitation assignment so desperately that he asked the local media members to begin praying that his next chance to impress the training staff that his left knee is good to go.
He’ll take pitchers fielding practice Monday for the first time since doing so last week at Minnesota, where manager Ron Washington noticed that Holland wasn’t pushing off his left leg when making throws to third base.
The Rangers want to see improvement there and all around before letting Holland loose.
“That’s going to determine if I stay or go,” said Holland, who is on track to return near the All-Star break.
He will throw another bullpen session Sunday. He has thrown as many as 70 pitches on the side and expects that he will open his rehab assignment with a three- or four-inning outing.