Derek Holland Injury: Updates on Pitcher's Knee and Recovery After Fall at Home

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Derek Holland Injury: Updates on Pitcher's Knee and Recovery After Fall at Home
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Updates from Thursday, March 20

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides a synopsis of Derek Holland discussing his recovery:

Updates from Monday, March 3

John Blake of the Texas Rangers updated Derek Holland's status:

Updates from Saturday, Jan. 25

Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram provides a synopsis of Derek Holland discussing his injury status:

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 14

Richard of Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Derek Holland needed microfracture surgery to repair his knee:

Derek Holland's knee surgery last week involved a microfracture procedure to repair the cartilage behind his left kneecap.

The fact that it was a microfracture procedure is one reason the club has put a midseason timeline on Holland's return, rather than sooner. The procedure is designed to stimulate blood flow and help it heal.


But not all microfracture surgeries are the same. For instance, Scott Feldman had microfracture surgery on his knee right after the 2010 season ended and didn't return to the majors for eight months, though he did have a host of rehab starts prior to his big league return after the All-Star break in 2011.

Feldman's lengthy recovery time, though, was in part because he had cartilage repair done around the femur, a weight-bearing bone. Holland's procedure was in the kneecap, so it might not require quite as long a rehab time. That will depend on how well Holland heals and how his rehab goes.

Updates from Sunday, Jan. 12

T.R. Sullivan of provides a statement from Derek Holland discussing his injury status:

"I feel I could be back sooner, but I don't know, I've never had an injury like this," Holland said Saturday. "That seems like a long time, but I've never had this before, so I don't know what to expect."

Updates from Saturday, Jan. 11

Richard Durrett of ESPN provides Derek Holland's description of what occurred:

It was Holland's dog, Wrigley, a boxer, who caused the starter to buckle on the stairs of his home and injure his left knee badly enough that he needed arthroscopic surgery Friday morning to repair torn cartilage. 

"He was running up the stairs and clipped me," Holland said Saturday. "I hit my knee on the step, and if it wasn't for me grabbing the rail, I might have fallen all the way down the stairs and cracked my head open."

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland could be out for some time after undergoing offseason knee surgery following a freak injury resulting from a hard fall at his home, according to The Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley on Twitter:

As The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Drew Davison points out, Holland released a statement expressing his anguish following the mishap:

Losing the 27-year-old left-hander for an extended period of time is sure to hurt the Rangers in the early part of 2014. After all, Holland has won at least 10 games in each of the past three seasons with Texas, finishing 2013 with a career-best 3.42 ERA.

Holland has gone 49-38 in five seasons with the Rangers and boasts a 3-0 postseason record since 2010. 

Holland is heading into the third year of a five-year, $28.5 million contract with the Rangers that includes $11 and $11.5 million club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, respectively, according to

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