KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Left-hander Derek Holland will make his long overdue debut Tuesday for the Rangers.

Holland tore cartilage in his left knee while falling while playing with his dog in January. He would require microfracture surgery. Nearly eight months after the surgery and with the Rangers mired in last place in the American League West, Holland will make his 2014 debut against the Royals.

"Just to know where he is, really just finding out No. 1 his physical abilities," said Rangers manager Ron Washington, of the significance of Holland pitching in September. "To find out where he is in executing pitching. Those type of things."

"He'll go into the winter knowing that he's just got to do his winter stuff to be strong in spring training. He made his way back. He's healthy."

Holland won 16 games in 2011 and has been a double-figure winner the past three seasons.

Holland made six rehab starts with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, going 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA, throwing 98 pitches on Thursday in his previous start, so he has progressed to throw 100-plus pitches Tuesday.