Derek Holland took his first step towards getting off the 15-day disabled list and back on the mound. For the first time since injurying his throwing shoulder in late June, Holland played catch from 90-feet. He tossed 25 balls in what could be described as a low stress, throw-and-catch session.
"I feel good, I'm playing catch today. I'm very excited about that. But, today is day one. So, we're going to go from there. I don't have anything else as far as what we're going to do after that. I'm hoping for a week and a half and then I'll be on the mound."
Holland feels the urgency to get healthy considering how depleted the starting pitching staff is with injuries to Colby Lewis, Yu Darvish and of course Holland himself. He's ramping up the rehab process in hopes that he'll be back before August.
Before he returns to the Rangers, Holland will likely make one or two starts with either Triple-A Round Rock or Double-A Frisco.