The Texas Rangers released a statement regarding Derek Holland’s injury today, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. In it, they acknowledge that the lefty starter underwent micro-fracture surgery on his left knee last week.
Yesterday, Holland went on local radio (The Ben & Skin Show, 105.3 FM) for the first time following the freak accident and verified that it occurred as he was chasing his dog, a boxer named Wrigley, around the house near the stairs. He also said that it could have been much, much worse and he could have cracked his skull open falling down the stairs. Dr. Keith Meister performed the surgery, which is supposed to encourage the growth of new cartilage in the knee cap.
In the interview, Holland also stated that he feels the estimate by the Rangers of him being back around the All-Star break are far too conservative; Derek said his intentions are to be ready to pitch in a game by June.
In his blog, however, Fraley reminds people that former Rangers’ pitcher Scott Feldman (now with the Astros) underwent micro-fracture surgery in his right knee in November of 2010 and did not pitch again until July of 2011.