Holland scratched from intrasquad game

Rangers not alarmed at lefty's 'normal spring soreness'

Holland scratched from intrasquad game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Derek Holland has been scratched from Sunday's intrasquad game because of what the Rangers said was normal Spring Training soreness in his left shoulder.

"There are no alarm bells," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He had it a couple of years ago. It's normal spring soreness for a pitcher. He wants to throw, but we took it away from him. We're going to push him back a day or two."

Holland said he has been feeling great all winter and insisted that this wasn't a big deal.

"It's just precautionary," Holland said. "Don't freak out. I've got to respect their decision. They just want to take the day off. It's not a big deal, I promise, so let's not get too far ahead of ourselves."

Holland missed the first five months of last season while recovering from surgery on his left knee. He returned in September and was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in six outings.

Holland came to camp eager to "make a statement." He might have tried to go too hard early in camp, but the Rangers still aren't concerned.

"He is in great shape mentally and physically," Daniels said. "I'm not worried about Derek."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.