The hyper-competitive American League West landscape may have changed slightly with reports that Texas Rangers lefty Derek Holland is believed to be out until after the All-Star break after tearing cartilage in his knee. Several reports, including T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, report that a fall at his residence led to the injury and surgery:
“I am devastated by this injury,” Holland said in a statement released by the team. “It was a freak accident at home, resulting in a hard fall on my knee. As upsetting as it is, my goal is to begin rehab and get back on the mound as soon as possible.”
The 27-year-old southpaw was expected to be a heavy contributor on a reloaded Texas Rangers team that won back-to-back American League Pennants in 2010 and 2011, but have had an active rebuild for 2014, acquiring Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder, and Matt Garza to augment an already talented squad. Holland was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts, including two complete game shutouts. If nothing else, the Rangers have to replace the 190 innings he’s averaged the past three seasons as a starter. You wonder if this will raise the ball club’s pursuit of prized Japanese free agent hurler Masahiro Tanaka.
– David Whitlock
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