Holland solid in return to mound, eyeing Opening Day

Lefty, out with sore shoulder, feels 'great' after one-inning outing in 'B' game

Holland solid in return to mound, eyeing Opening Day

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers southpaw Derek Holland needed just 12 pitches to get through a scoreless inning against the Padres in a 'B' game on Saturday. After he was done, Holland had the standard reaction to one of his rehab starts.

"I felt great," Holland said. "Personally, I would have loved to have stayed out there longer, but I have to do what they say."

It was Holland's first outing of the spring in a competitive game after being held back for a couple of weeks with a sore left shoulder. He remains eager to shed all limitations, but he is confident that he has time to build up his pitch count before the season starts.

If all goes well, Holland could get four more starts before Spring Training ends. By adding the standard 15-20 pitches per outing, he should be able to get his pitch count up to close to 90 pitches before it's over. That could put him in position to be ready for the home opener against the Astros on April 10.

"There's enough time to get me ready," Holland said. "Today I showed I'm good to go. Overall I was very happy. I was able to use all my pitches."

Holland, facing two non-roster Minor Leaguers, retired Rico Noel on a popup bunt and Diego Goris on a grounder to short. That brought up Carlos Quentin, a former All-Star outfielder who is coming off three years of injuries. Holland got him on a pop fly to right.

Worth noting
• Pitcher Ross Detwiler showed up to camp on Sunday with a contusion on his right non-throwing hand, the result of getting hit by a line drive in Saturday's outing against the Giants. He is scheduled to pitch again on Thursday, but the Rangers want to see him throw a bullpen session without issue before then.

• The Rangers are going to get Lisalverto Bonilla a start in a Cactus League game. He is starting against the Angels on Monday in Tempe. Bonilla, a candidate for the rotation, has a 5.79 ERA in two outings. In 4 2/3 innings, he has allowed just three hits, but walked four. The control issues are what he needs to overcome.

• With Bonilla pitching against the Angels, Colby Lewis will start Monday in a Triple-A game back in Surprise. Yovani Gallardo will start on Tuesday against the Dodgers in Surprise.

• Infielder Hanser Alberto is dealing with a bruised left triceps muscle after getting hit by a pitch in Saturday's game against the Giants. He is listed as day-to-day.

Tanner Scheppers threw in the bullpen without issue on Sunday. He appears to be over his sprained right ankle, and the next step could be pitching in a game.

• Left-handers Matt Harrison (back surgery) and Martin Perez (elbow surgery) are throwing off a "half-mound" in the bullpen. Once they conquer that step, they could move to a full mound.

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.