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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rangers' Derek Holland had micro-fracture surgery, expected back at All-Star break

By on 1/14/2014 09:00:00 PM

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Following the bad fall at his home late last week, Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland had surgery to repair the torn cartilage in his injured knee reports Gerry Fraley of Sports Day Dallas-Fort Worth. There is now a little more definite time table for his return to the rotation. The Rangers expect Holland to miss the first half of the season and return right around the All-Star break in July if all goes as planned.
Our own Adrian Garro reported on Holland's fall on January 10. At first, it appeared that Holland would have arthroscopic surgery, but we now know a little more about the actual procedure that he had performed. He had a micro-fracture operation. The process included the surgeon, Rangers medical director Dr. Keith Meister, making tiny fractures in the knee to allow the cartilage room to grow back to its normal form.

While the Rangers are hoping for an All-Star break return, Fraley reminds us that this type of surgery typically requires more time for recovery and rehabilitation. If that is the case, then Holland's return may come in September or even 2015.

Holland was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.286 WHIP in 2013. For his career, he is 49-38, 4.36, and 1.332. This will be his third DL stint in his five-year career. He stayed on the DL for 79 days in 2010 with rotator cuff inflammation and 31 days in 2012 with shoulder fatigue.

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