Worth noting

Derek Holland, recovering from knee surgery, is long-tossing from 180 feet and hopes to throw off a mound during the first week of April in Arlington. Holland is still shooting for to return by the first week in June.

Matt Harrison is pitching in a Minor League game on Sunday.

Yu Darvish reported some improvement from the stiffness in his neck. The Rangers are hoping he can pitch in a Minor League game in the next couple of days.

• Pitcher Jose Contreras has asked for and been given his unconditional release.

Mitch Moreland, sidelined with a strained oblique muscle in his left ribcage, is scheduled to play in a Minor League game on Sunday.

Joe Saunders pitches against the Padres on Sunday in Surprise. Ryan Feierabend starts on Monday against the Athletics with Martin Perez pitching in a Minor League game. Feierabend is getting stretched out because he'll likely end up in the Triple-A Round Rock rotation.

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.