The Texas Rangers lost pitcher Derek Holland to what he described as a “freak injury.” No additional details regarding the injury were provided.
“I’m devastated by this,” Holland said in a statement issued by the club. “It was a freak accident at home that resulted in a hard fall on my knee. As upsetting as this is, my goal is to begin rehab and get back on the mound as quickly as possible.
General manager Jon Daniels expects Holland to be out till the All-Star break, but said they won’t pursue a “big ticket” pitcher to replace him.
From the Dallas Morning News:
Daniels indicated the Rangers will not pursue a “big ticket” pitcher, such as Japanese free-agent right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Earlier in the day, Daniels said the club has “spent our budget, and then some.”
Daniels is referring to the active offseason the Rangers have had, trading for slugger Prince Fielder and signing Shin-Soo Choo. The Rangers rotation and the frequent injuries has been a weakness for the club, though the offense was equally responsible for losing games when Yu Darvish pitched well.