Physician recommends MRI for Holland

Updated: February 21, 2010, 2:28 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland tweaked his right knee during agility drills Saturday morning.

Team physician Keith Meister examined the knee and recommended Holland get an MRI, which he may get Monday if needed. Holland walked off the practice field under his own power.

"I'm not too worried about it," Holland said. "It's something minor. It's something I'm not used to, so I'm going to have to take my time."

Holland, 23, is one of a group of pitchers in competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. He was 8-13 with a 6.12 ERA in 138 1/3 innings for the Rangers last season. He spent part of that time in the bullpen, but also made 21 starts.

Before the injury Saturday, which occurred during the shuttle drill, Holland said he was focused on earning a spot on the team.

"I really want that spot," Holland said. "But everybody is fighting for a job and there's a lot of competition. I just have to take every day as seriously as I possibly can and make the best out of it."

Richard Durrett covers the Texas Rangers for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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