Rangers LHP Holland has knee surgery after fall

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm •  Published: January 10, 2014
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Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will miss the start of the season after having arthroscopic surgery Friday on his left knee.

Holland injured his knee in a fall on stairs in his home on Tuesday.

"I am devastated by this injury. It was a freak accident at home that resulted in a hard fall on my knee," Holland said in a statement released by the team. "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 said team physician Dr. Keith Meister repaired cartilage behind Holland's kneecap during the surgery. Daniels said no ligaments needed to be repaired.

Daniels said it was too early to have an exact timetable for Holland's return, but is that the 27-year-old lefty is "expected to miss some time into the year." Daniels said for planning purposes, the Rangers are looking at a midseason return, but are hopeful that it can be earlier than that.

The Rangers said Holland will have only limited activity over the next six weeks.

Holland was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-high 33 starts last season. He pitched a career-high 213 innings.

In five major league seasons with the Rangers, Holland is 49-38 in 141 games (123 starts). He is under contract through 2016, with club options for two more years after that.

Without Holland, the Rangers still appear to have Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Martin Perez and Alexi Ogando set for the rotation to start the season.

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