Left-hander Derek Holland declared himself ready for a rehab assignment after throwing live batting practice for the first time since injuring his shoulder in April, but the Texas Rangers aren’t sure what his next step will be.
Holland said that he threw 35 pitches Tuesday without any issues, and he hopes that those watching at Coors Field saw all they needed to feel comfortable to stick him in a minor-league game.
“In my mind, I’m ready to go,” said Holland, who was injured in the first inning of the home opener April 10. “Yeah, I get it it that it’s different when you throw to hitters, but I feel good, I feel confident, and I’m ready to step out there.
“I want to help this team, and I’m going to keep trying to push my way out. Obviously, I’ve got to respect the front office and what everybody says, but I’m still going to be that competitive guy that wants to get out.”
Manager Jeff Banister liked what he saw from Holland, who had energy on the mound and showed life in his arm. Banister also said that there are multiple steps that go into every rehab process, and the Rangers have erred on the side of caution with injuries.
Holland expects to meet with the powers that be Wednesday.
“After he plays catch tomorrow, we’ll make a plan,” Banister said. “I’m glad Derek feels very good.”
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