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Derek Holland to start throwing program next week

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Derek Holland, currently on the disabled list with shoulder problems, will start a throwing program next week

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Derek Holland is scheduled to start a throwing program late next week, according to the beat guys on Twitter.  Per Jeff Wilson, Holland will get an MRI in three weeks and, if that looks good, he will be cleared to start throwing off of a mound.

Holland went on the disabled list this April after throwing just a single inning in his first start, and this news suggests that it will likely be August, at the earliest, before he returns to the major leagues.  It is the second straight injury-crippled season for Holland, who missed most of 2014 after undergoing microfracture surgery in January, 2014.

The Rangers have three lefthanded starters on the d.l. right now who are scheduled to be back at some point this summer.  Matt Harrison may go out on a rehab assignment next week, which would put him on schedule to potentially return in late June or early July, and Martin Perez, who is scheduled to throw an extended spring game on June 5, has targeted July 5 as his goal to be back.