SURPRISE, Ariz. -- This is not a good time for a pitcher to start falling behind in Rangers camp. There are too many pitchers competing for the few jobs that are available. Derek Holland and Doug Mathis both know that, but they are in jeopardy of getting off to a slow start because of a couple of early injuries. Both are deemed minor right now. Holland had to drop out of Saturday morning's workout after spraining his right knee doing agility drills. The initial plan was to send him for an MRI exam, but the Rangers will likely wait until Monday.
"I'm not too worried about it," Holland said. "It's something minor." Mathis is dealing with a cut on the middle finger of his right hand. The injury occurred while throwing batting practice on Friday, and Mathis thinks he cut himself with his thumb while throwing a pitch. "I looked down and there was blood on my finger," Mathis said. "[Pitching coach Mike] Maddux looked at it and said, 'All right, you're shut down.'" Mathis played catch without any problems on Saturday and will likely try throwing in the bullpen on Sunday.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.