ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers left-hander Derek Holland went to the Globe Life Park mound for a live batting practice session four hours in advance of Saturday’s 3:05 start against Minnesota.
Holland threw 67 pitches in a simulated three-inning workout, facing Frisco (AA) hitters Edwin Garcia, Odubel Herrera and Teodoro Martinez.
"I feel good," said Holland, placed on the 60-day disabled March 3 after undergoing left knee surgery. “When the situation called, I felt I did a good job doing what I needed to do."
The club revealed that Holland will stay in Arlington and will be evaluated after the Rangers return from a seven-game road trip in Baltimore and New York.
The question is not about Holland’s pitching mechanics, but whether he is agile enough to field his position. He was satisfied by the way he chased down a few bunts in his session. But he did seem to favor his knee when walking off the field.
Holland is eager to get going on a rehab assignment. But Rangers manager Ron Washington, an interested spectator for his pitcher’s session, said no timetable exists right now.
“When it is time for Derek, Derek will be out there," Washington said. “To take him back to Arizona, he’s got to get off the mound and get to the ball. I still saw a limp there."
A return can’t come fast enough for Holland.
“I just want to be part of the team. They’re in a war and I’m stuck in the emergency room," Holland said.
Washington applauds that kind of determination.
“Derek has got no reason to be frustrated," Washington said. “He should be happy with what he has accomplished so far. There’s no reason to be pushing the envelope."
Rios gets a rest: For the first time this season, Alex Rios is not in the starting lineup. Rios is 0-for-14 on the homestand. “The guy has played 79 straight games," Washington said. “At a certain point, we’ve got to give him a break. A guy of his caliber usually needs just one day.
“He would never ask for a day off."
Rios’ streak of consecutive starts for the Rangers will end at 126, dating to Aug. 10, 2013, the day he joined the club.
Michael Choice will start in right.
Head down: An error by rookie Luis Sardinas in the ninth inning Friday helped Minnesota mount a four-run comeback, causing anxious moments in Texas’ 5-4 victory.
Sardinas was making his second start of the season at third base, allowing Adrian Beltre a partial night off.
“He just whiffed it," Washington said. “It was a very easy play. The ball wasn’t hit hard. The next time you see him make that play, his head will stay down."