(NEW YORK) — The Texas Rangers will have to navigate half the 2014 without starting pitcher Derek Holland after he suffered a knee injury in his Arlington home.
Holland damaged cartilage in his left knee. He recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn cartilage, and he’s expected to be out until around midseason for the Rangers.
“I’m devastated by this injury,” Holland said in a statement released 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 mound as quickly as possible.”
The 27-year-old Holland was set to be the team’s number 2 starter heading into spring training.
“I expect we will add some [starting pitching], but I expect it will be more in the depth category than really replacing somebody at the front end of the rotation,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “This is an opportunity for a number of our guys.”
In 2013, Holland went 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA with 189 strikeouts.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN