Extra Bases: Derek Holland 'not ready yet'


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Holland pitched for Triple-A Round Rock in his fourth rehab start Thursday night and failed to get through four complete innings with a closely-watched pitch count of 72.

In 3 2/3 innings, Holland allowed four hits and three runs (one earned) with two walks and four strikeouts.

“There were a couple of errors behind him, and maybe if those plays are made, he could have gotten through four or five innings," Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

There will be more rehab starts before Holland returns to the big club.

"He’s not ready yet," Washington said.

Next time out, Holland’s pitch count is expected to be in the range of 85 to 90. Washington hopes that means five or six innings.

The veteran left-hander was placed on the 60-day disabled list March 3, after he underwent left knee surgery. He has missed the entire Rangers season so far.

The Rangers host the Angels in the second game of a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. CT tonight at Globe Life Park. A concert featuring Joe Nichols will follow the game.