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We've all seen the signs that read "Beware of Dog," but no dog owner ever expects that they'll need to take caution around their own pup.
Texas starter Derek Holland tore cartilage behind his left kneecap and underwent microfracture surgery after Wrigley, his pet boxer, clipped the back of his leg as they were playing at home. While he's frustrated by the injury, he doesn't harbor any resentment towards his dog, saying to ESPN Dallas' Richard Durrett, "It's a dog. What am I supposed to do? Accidents happen."
It's a costly accident, however, one that is expected to keep Holland on the sidelines until after the All-Star break. Holland has yet to fully test the knee, only lightly pedaling a stationary bicycle thus far, and he checks in with team physician Dr. Keith Meister once a week for regular checkups.
Holland says that he feels good and is already bending his knee at "90 degrees" on his own, but he realizes that he's a long way from being able to step back on the mound. "I feel very good with the way things have been going. But I can't rush anything," Holland said.
As to whether he'll be in camp with the club, Holland remains unsure, stating, "I want to be with the guys, but at the same time I don't want to be a distraction."