Derek Holland (knee) takes mound

Updated: February 27, 2010, 6:02 PM ET
Associated Press

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland threw a lengthy bullpen session on Saturday, his first work from the mound since spraining a knee last week.

"I had a little bit of adrenaline flowing," said Holland, who sprained his right knee during an agility drill on Feb. 20. "Nobody likes to be on the tables in the training room."

Holland threw from a full windup and the stretch in the bullpen under the supervision of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.

The 23-year-old said he expects to throw live batting practice Monday.

"I wanted to keep going but they want me to take it day to day," Holland said.

Holland was 8-13 in 33 appearances -- 21 starts -- with a 6.12 ERA last season.

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