NEW YORK Left-hander Derek Holland will begin a throwing program late next week, but will need to have a clean MRI exam three weeks later before being cleared to throw off a mound.
Originally expected back by the All-Star break after being injured April 10, Holland might not rejoin the Texas Rangers’ rotation until closer to Aug. 1.
Holland underwent an MRI on Friday on his shoulder, and the subscapularis muscle continues to show improvement. The Rangers want to give him a few more days early in the week before he throws for the first time.
“I’m just glad I get to play catch again,” Holland said.
Fellow lefty Matt Harrison could beat Holland back to the rotation. He scattered three singles tossed four scoreless innings Saturday in his third start at extending spring training, striking out five and using 62 pitches.
He said that his velocity sat at 86-88 mph, but he sustained it throughout. In his last start, he hit 90 in the first inning but experienced a dropoff.
The Rangers might ask him to make on more start in Arizona on Thursday before sending him to Double A Frisco.
“The velocity will come when it comes,” Harrison said. “I wanted to maintain my velocity, which I did. I think my stuff was sharper than it had been in a long time.”
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