The Texas Rangers pitching staff has already taken two hits and Spring Training hasn’t even started.
In addition to Derek Holland going down with a knee injury, left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz has also suffered a non-baseball related injury. It was reported over the weekend that the 23-year old was hit by a motorcycle in his hometown of Venezuela. His left foot was fractured and he underwent surgery on Friday. Ortiz will be out for at least three months.
Ortiz had a very strong first two months with the Rangers last season, striking out twelve in 13.1 innings with a K/BB ratio of 6. He struggled with his control after that and ended up being demoted to the minors, but could have been in the mix as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. The Rangers have depth there, however, with Neal Cotts, Michael Kirkman, and Robbie Ross, although the last two are being considered rotation candidates for right now.