Updates from Sunday, July 13
Left-hander Derek Holland will go to Arizona on Friday for about 10 days to continue his throwing program, including throwing three live batting-practice sessions.
He’ll be re-evaluated after returning, with hopes of soon beginning a medical rehabilitation assignment with Double A Frisco.
The Rangers will be cautious with Holland, who is not expected back in the big leagues until late August or early September. In Frisco, he’ll start out at two innings and 35 pitches in a tentatively scheduled first start on July 28.
'That is the way we planned it right now,' pitching coach Mike Maddux said. 'When you put stuff on paper, you’re conservative. If he accelerates it, that’s good. But we don’t want to do too much too soon and have a setback.
'There is a difference between throwing on the side and throwing in game conditions. You can’t simulate game conditions.'
Updates from Saturday, June 28
ESPN.com has the latest on Holland's recovery process:
Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, sidelined following microfracture knee surgery in January, completed a simulated game early Saturday but isn't scheduled to be sent out for a rehab assignment.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Holland did what he was asked to do during the 67-pitch session, which was designed primarily to test Holland's ability to field his position.
Updates from Wednesday, June 18
Derek Holland, who has been on the disabled list since the start of the season while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, went through another heavy work of pitchers' fielding practice on Tuesday at the Rangers complex in Surprise, Ariz.
Holland is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday and again Monday. At that point, he will rejoin the Rangers in Texas, and the club will decide if he is ready to go on a medical rehabilitation assignment.
Updates from Friday, June 6
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the latest on Holland's recovery:
Derek Holland says he will have another test on his left knee Monday and hopes to go on rehab after that. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) June 6, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 18
Derek Holland continues to recover from his knee injury and the club updated his status via Drew Davidson of the Star-Telegram
Derek Holland feels he’s ready to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment, but the team is “tapping the breaks on that,” Daniels said.
The Rangers will have Holland continue his rehab on their upcoming road trip and want him to continue strengthening the muscles around his left knee. He had microfracture surgery on it in January.
“We just don’t want him to be at risk,” Daniels said. “When he comes back, we want him to have confidence and us to have confidence that we’re not putting the knee at further risk or something else at risk because he’s compensating for it.”
Updates from Saturday, April 26
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jeff Wilson has an update on Holland's status:
Derek Holland threw live batting practice today in Arizona for the first time since his injury. Says he has been taking PFPs, too. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) April 27, 2014
Updates from Thursday, March 20
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides a synopsis of Derek Holland discussing his recovery:
Derek Holland (left knee) said that he is tentatively scheduled to throw his first bullpen session April 2. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 20, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 3
John Blake of the Texas Rangers updated Derek Holland's status:
Rangers receive INF Andy Parrino on waiver claim from Oakland. LHP Derek Holland has been placed on the 60 day DL to make room on roster.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) March 3, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Jan. 25
Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram provides a synopsis of Derek Holland discussing his injury status:
Derek Holland faces the media. His goal is to be on a stationary bike next week and to walk without crutches Feb. 20.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) January 25, 2014
Derek Holland also says that his microfacture surgery and knee injury is not as severe as Scott Feldman's was. Should recover sooner.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) January 25, 2014
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 MLB.com 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."
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:
Rangers LHP Derek Holland damages left knee in fall at home. Surgery today. Out until possibly mid-season.— Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) January 10, 2014
As The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Drew Davison points out, Holland released a statement expressing his anguish following the mishap:
Holland in statement: I’m devastated by this injury. It was a freak accident at home that resulted in a hard fall on my knee. (1/2)— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) January 10, 2014
More Holland: As upsetting as this is, my goal is to begin rehab and get back on the mound as quickly as possible. (2/2)— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) January 10, 2014
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 Spotrac.com.