Left-hander Derek Holland was scratched from the Texas Rangers’ intrasquad game Sunday with “normal spring soreness” in his shoulder, but both he and general manager Jon Daniels cautioned that it was strictly a precautionary decision.
“No alarm bells,” Daniels said.
“Please, let’s not blow this out of proportion,” Holland said.
Holland missed the majority of last season after undergoing knee surgery in January 2014 after tripping over his dog on a staircase, an injury that triggered an unprecedented rash of injuries for the Rangers.
He felt tenderness in his shoulder Friday while playing catch, but completed the workout. Though he has never experienced these symptoms in spring training, he said that he has pitched through it during the regular season.
Holland said that he tried to convince the medical staff to let him throw Sunday.
“To me, I’d consider it a midseason thing,” Holland said. “You get a little tender there.”
He hopes to resume throwing shortly, but pitching coach Mike Maddux will likely rework the pitching schedule for the first week of games.
“I’m just taking the day off,” Holland said. “No biggie.”
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