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Derek Holland throws off mound for first time since January microfracture knee surgery

Apr 2, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

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From Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas comes word that Rangers left-hander Derek Holland threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas — his first time atop a mound since he underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee back on January 10.

It was a nice first step for Holland, who is expected to be sidelined until the middle of the 2014 season.

The 25-year-old southpaw posted a strong 3.42 ERA (120 ERA+), 1.286 WHIP, and 189 strikeouts in 213 innings last season for the Rangers. He signed a five-year, $28 million contract extension with Texas in March 2012.

Holland injured his knee this winter when his dog ran into him on a staircase at his home.

  1. cmtill14 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Glad to see he’s recovering well. As someone who’s had that surgery, I can honestly say it is rough.

  2. renaado - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Dogs may be man’s best friend but may also probably be an athlete’s worse enemy.

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