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Friday, February 14, 2014

Rangers pitcher Derek Holland almost ready to get off crutches

By on 2/14/2014 01:00:00 PM

The Texas Rangers won 91 games last season and had a very respectable team ERA of 3.62.  But only Yu Darvish and Derek Holland started over 30 games and pitched over 200 innings.  No other pitcher on the staff logged more than 125 innings. Injuries to Matt Harrison and Tommy Hanson played a major role last season and it is uncertain as to how they will recover and pitch this season.  Holland was injured as well this offseason and how well he battles back will play a key factor in the success of the Rangers' pitching staff this season.  There appears to be some good news for Holland, inching his way back.

 Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons

Anthony Andro, sportswriter for, tweeted the following update on Holland.

Right now Holland is second on the depth chart behind Yu Darvish in the Rangers' rotation.  Even though Holland will be off crutches soon, he is likely not to be ready to start the season on the active roster. That means that Perez, Ogandi and Harrison and Hanson will vie for the other four spots in the rotation  until Holland returns.

Holland was selected by the Rangers in the 26th round of the 2006 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut on April 22, 2009 but struggled his rookie season to an 8-12 record and a very high 6.12 ERA.  He won a career high 16 games in 2011 and last season he had a career high 189 strikeouts, 213 innings and a 3.42 ERA. Holland is 49-38 with a 4.36 ERA in 141 career games spanning 782 innings.


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