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Derek Holland required microfracture knee surgery

Jan 14, 2014, 10:13 PM EDT

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Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News shares the update:

The Texas Rangers acknowledged on Tuesday that left-hander Derek Holland underwent micro-fracture surgery on the left knee last week. The procedure underscores why the Rangers have said they are planning on Holland to be out until the All-Star break.

In the surgery, Rangers medical director Dr. Keith Meister created tiny fractures in the kneecap. The fractures are designed to stimulate the growth of new cartilage in the area.

Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman underwent the same surgery in November 2010 and didn’t make his 2011 regular-season debut until July 22. If Holland also requires an eight-month recovery, he could be out until August.

Holland, 27, registered an excellent 3.42 ERA, 1.286 WHIP and 189/64 K/BB ratio across 213 innings (33 starts) last season for Texas. The Rangers may have to turn to the free agent market to replace him.

  1. raysfan1 - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Well, with it apparently involving the knee cap, at least it doesn’t affect the stability of the knee joint directly. Still, the condition that requires the surgery is quite painful. Best wishes for a full recovery.

  2. sfm073 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    I always thought that was a last option surgery.

    • paperlions - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      It was when it was experimental. They are much better at it than they were several years ago. I think they also realized that many of the “failures” were because they were often applying it as a last resort, many of which were “hopeless” situations for the joint, and not because of the procedure itself.

  3. stex52 - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    I wonder if the Rangers’ management has a contract out on that dog.

    • fordman84 - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      I bet if anyone in the Ranger FO believed it was because of the dog, they would. This is Holland…he didn’t trip over his dog.

      • old97 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        There was lots of talk here in Dallas last week about the cause of the injury. For the life of me, I don’t know what difference it makes.

        The question is how long he’s out. The idea of a post-All Star return seems pretty optimistic. There’s a lot of talk here about him being out for the season. There are some candidates in the farm system for sure, but today’s word about Ranger interest in Maholm is welcome.

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