Left-handed starting pitcher Derek Holland was playing with his dog one afternoon when suddenly things went south. Holland (49-38, 4.36 ERA) ended up with torn cartilage behind his left kneecap, which called for surgery back in January.
Now with a handful of simulated games under his belt, the 27 year old lefty is looking to make a comeback with the last place Texas Rangers. Texas (38-56) is off to a rough start during the first half of the regular season, especially when it comes to their pitching staff.
The Rangers currently have eight pitchers (including Holland) on the 15 or 60-day disabled list and will more than likely become sellers before the trade deadline at the end of the month.
According to the Forth-Worth Star-Telegram, Holland isn’t expected to make his return to the starting rotation until at least late August or early September. He’s expected to continue his throwing program in Arizona for 10 days this coming Friday, and is expected to make a scheduled rehab start with the teams Double-A Affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders on July 28.
Holland’s return to the Rangers would be somewhat of a breath of fresh air, even if they’re not contending. Derek finished the 2013 campaign with a not too terrible 3.42 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 189 strikeouts, with two complete games/shutouts, and a 10-9 record across 213 innings of work.