Texas Rangers Derek Holland out until July with “freak” injury

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.”

Holland won't see action until after the All-Star Break Credit: AP/Ben Margot

Holland won’t see action until after the All-Star Break
Credit: AP/Ben Margot

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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2 Responses to Texas Rangers Derek Holland out until July with “freak” injury

  • laurence says:

    uh, oh…Texas, we have a problem

  • Wood E.McNab says:

    Wow! Bad luck for everyone involved. .especially Holland..hope rehab goes good and your back sawing them down. One has to be careful doing anything these days..but accidents happen right. ..would be different if it was a drunken stunt gone bad…good luck!

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