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    Starting pitcher Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers throws in first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 2, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

    Derek Holland had some shoulder soreness on Sunday, forcing the Texas Rangers to take the ball from him and push his scheduled throwing session back a day.

    And of course, folks went crazy on Twitter.

    It's with good reason given the fact Holland missed the first five months of the season last year and was expected to be back at full strength this year as the Rangers' projected No. 2 starter behind ace Yu Darvish. But the Rangers, and Holland, wanted to make it perfectly clear on Sunday, it's no big deal.

    “I want to say this: ‘There should be no alarm bells sounding’,” Daniels told reporters in The Dallas Morning News. “Derek wanted to pitch, but we decided to take the ball from him. We will push him back one day.”

    Holland wasn't happy about the decision, but said he understood the team's ruling in an effort to be cautious after the disastrous 2014 season that featured a historic number of serious injuries throughout the club.

    “I’ve got to respect their decision and not get too far ahead of myself,” Holland said. “I tried to get them to let me pitch, but it didn’t work my way. We’ll knock it out.”