Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland wanted to try three innings in his first start at Double A Frisco on Wednesday night. He got two.
“I knew [three innings] wasn’t going to happen but it’s always worth a shot,” Holland said. “You’ve got that competitive nature, you want to get out there and go for another inning, but I’ve got to respect what these guys tell me and they told me that’s it, just two.”
In his two-inning appearance, he gave up no hits or runs, struck out four and walked two while throwing 33 pitches.
“I felt great from the beginning,” Holland said. “Pitching-wise has been the same. Mechanically, I still feel the same with my knee and everything, but overall, like I said, all I wanted to do was really attack the zone.”
For his first rehab outing since knee surgery in January, Holland said he was happy with the results and thought he did a good job of getting ahead of hitters despite the walks.
“The main thing was just trying to get out there and get back into the swing of things,” Holland said. “It’s the first time out, very excited. A lot of adrenaline flowing, but the main thing is I just wanted to execute my pitches.”
He went on the disabled list after surgery to repair torn cartilage behind his left knee.
“I moved around. I made sure that when the ball got hit I was moving so people weren’t thinking, ‘Oh, well, he’s stiff-legged,’ ” Holland said. “I made sure I was moving around so the knee is great.”
He said he’s taking his rehab assignment one game at a time.
“Yeah, you’ll see me at the ballpark,” Holland said. “I don’t know when. That’s up to those guys. I’ve got to do what they tell me, step by step, one start at a time.”