— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) February 24, 2014
Holland made headlines early this year when he needed to undergo minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn meniscus while playing with his dog, a boxer named Wrigley, near a set of stairs at his house. He has not reported to Rangers’ Spring Training and will not do so until he can comfortably walk around without crutches.
The 27-year old is coming off of a season in which he was the only Rangers’ starter to not spend any time on the disabled list, making all 33 of his starts. Holland was quick to downplay any rumblings that he would not be ready to pitch until after the All-Star break.