Jun 10, 2010, 11:44 AM EST
After struggling as a rookie last season Rangers left-hander Derek Holland began this year back at Triple-A and looked great following his call-up in mid-May, going 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in three starts.
He was used as a reliever on May 26 and then rejoined the rotation for a Sunday night start against the Twins two weeks ago, but was removed from the game in the second inning after throwing in the mid-80s and revealed afterward that his hand was numb.
Texas placed Holland on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but now it sounds like something more significant is going on. Holland had to cut short a bullpen session yesterday due to more shoulder pain, throwing only 17 of a scheduled 30 pitches.
At the very least the setback means he’s unlikely to return this month and there’s now some fear that the promising 23-year-old southpaw could be facing surgery.
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