Texas Rangers

August 20, 2014

Derek Holland: “I feel like I’m ready”

The left-hander says that he is fit for duty with the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers have listed TBA as their starting pitcher for Sunday against Kansas City, though right-hander Miles Mikolas is the front-runner to get the start on normal rest.

They will also need a starter during the three-game series at Seattle next week. It would be Tuesday if Mikolas and Nick Martinez stay on schedule. The Rangers could dip into the minors for a spot starter, as they did last week with Robbie Ross.

But one thing remains certain: left-hander Derek Holland is not an option for Sunday even though he said that he is ready to go after his latest rehab start Tuesday for Triple A Round Rock.

Holland would be on normal rest after throwing 87 pitches in five-plus innings. He allowed four runs (two earned), but he struck out seven and maintained his velocity throughout the start.

Though he has one more start remaining on his rehab program, he said that he is ready now even though the club’s front office and medical staff might disagree.

“I feel like I’m ready, but that’s up to them,” Holland said. “I can’t decide too much. They have to figure out what the call is. I’m ready. The whole thing down there was just making sure I could finish and go as long as I could. I feel good.”

Holland said that there has been no discussion about not letting him pitch this season, and manager Ron Washington expects Holland to start at some point in September.

“To see what he’s got,” Washington said. “If he keeps progressing, you’ll see him.”

Holland said that he and his surgically repaired left knee are ready to go now.

“Whatever is going to happen, I have to respect it and do what they tell me,” he said. “I definitely want to pitch pretty bad. I really do.”

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