Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland is perhaps best known for his mustache and his Harry Caray impression. He is also an effective left-handed starting pitcher. This week he and the Rangers received bad news when they learned that they will be without his services until at least the middle of the season after he had knee surgery this week.
From MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan:
Rangers pitcher Derek Holland underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage behind his left kneecap on Friday and is expected to be out until midseason.
Holland sustained the injury during a fall at his home on Tuesday.”
At home, you say? Holland is quoted in the article, expressing his own frustration at the incident:
I am devastated by this injury. It was a freak accident at home, resulting in a hard fall on my knee. As upsetting as it is, my goal is to begin rehab and get back on the mound as soon as possible.”
Holland was good for an fWAR of 4.8 in 2013, going 10-9 and logging 213 innings for the Rangers. He posted a solid 7.99 K/9, a 3.42 ERA and a 3.44 FIP. Those numbers are impressive anywhere, but especially considering the fact that Holland pitches in the challenging AL West.
The Rangers need little more than competent starting pitching to go with their newly loaded lineup. They will now have to patch things together for the first half of the season while they wait for Holland to return.