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
"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.