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Derek Holland injured his left knee in a fall at home, likely out until mid-season

Jan 10, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

Derek Holland AP

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports some bad news for Rangers fans on Twitter: lefty starter Derek Holland injured his left knee in a fall at home and earlier today underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage. Fraley adds that Holland is likely out until mid-season.

Fraley spoke to GM Jon Daniels, who said the Holland injury won’t pressure the organization to make a move for a “big ticket” pitcher such as Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka. The Rangers will likely fill the void with an in-house option such as Robbie Ross.

Holland, 27, was a big part of the Rangers’ plans in 2014 considering his career year last season. He finished with a 3.42 ERA in 213 innings as well as a 21 percent strikeout rate and 7 percent walk rate.

  1. chukpark - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I hear Josh Beckett is available.

  2. markofapro - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Un buh leev uble

  3. historiophiliac - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Ah, the ubiquitous bizarre off-season injury finally asserts itself.

  4. sfm073 - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    What type of injury did he have? A simple knee surgery like that usually takes a weak to heal.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Maybe Jeff Gillooly hit him with a pipe so he could reclaim his mustache.

    Ga-loo-lee….HI-YO!

  6. leylandshospicenurse - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Sign someone like Eric O’Flaherty and give Tanner Scheppers his chance to start. If he fails, then use the Ross guy.

  7. strictlythedanks - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    This isnt quite as fascinating as Dustin Penner getting injured while eating a stack of pancakes, but its i up there.

  8. spytdi - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Ubaldo

  9. paperlions - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    He is out 3 months. There is no reason to sign anyone that can’t be dumped immediately. You don’t sign someone to an expense multi-year deal because one of your starters is going to miss 3 months. Every team needs to have at least 7 viable options every year because it is rare that all 5 starters make it through the entire season without missing some time.

  10. tuberippin - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Surprised it hasn’t been brought up yet, but why not see if you can bring back Matt Garza for a short contract, say 1-3 years at a higher rate of salary than he’d receive on a 5-6 year deal (the latter being what he’s looking for on the open market)?

    Then, the rotation would be Darvish-Garza-Harrison-Perez-Ogando, with Robbie Ross, Nick Tepesch, and Michael Kirkman as long relievers who could fill a spot in the rotation if needed. That would leave Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz, Neal Cotts and potentially Tanner Scheppers at the back end of the bullpen. Meanwhile, Holland will be able to rehab on the 60-day DL, and Colby Lewis will continue to rehab in the minor leagues.

    • doctornature - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      Because Garza sucked bad the second half. Had he pitched well, Rangers win the division . They obviously don’t want him back after watching him in person for 3 months, or they would have made him an offer. Hamilton got the same treatment after the Rangers saw him nosedive the last 4 months of 2012, and were astute in their judgement. Hamilton sucked even worse last year, and Garza likely will too if they give him a contract, which I highly doubt. I believe they will go after Tanaka instead, needing a solid #2 to pair with Darvish. If Tanaka pitches anything close to Darvish, it makes a formidable 1-2 punch. Darvish and Garza is a one man band and won’t scare anybody.

      Of course Tanaka may not be all that, but the price of poker in this case is gonna be high before you ever see a card, and you are stuck no matter if he is Kei Igawa the 2nd. And in any case, the Dodgers and Yankees have much more money than the Rangers, so I don’t expect them to land Tanaka unless he and Darvish are BFF.

  11. bronxtale247 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    I call BS that this was a freak accident suffered at home especially when it puts you out 5-6 months. He was probably attempting a killer cross over in some pickup basketball game. Annnnd now this means the Rangers will be negotiating twice as hard for Tanaka.

    • braxtonrob - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      You’d be suprised how freakish some of the accidents are that cause torn knee ligaments.
      I tore my MCL playing baseball, and all I was doing was shuffling my feet right to left when my spike caught the dirt and stuck. Sounds made-up doesn’t it. Bizarre … and true.

  12. jdillydawg - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Damn Christmas lights…

  13. gothapotamus90210 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Maybe he was practicing being a smarmy dickhead to concert-goers.

  14. peddealer - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    NO NO NO!!!

    Rangers Fanatic since 83!

  15. ezthinking - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Holland will have a great career in broadcasting.

    • braxtonrob - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      Not yet!

  16. braxtonrob - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    This sucks, like … a lot!

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