A fall at his home and subsequent surgery could keep Derek Holland out until midseason.
Rangers LHP Derek Holland damages left knee in fall at home. Surgery today. Out until possibly mid-season.
— Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) January 10, 2014
The surgery performed was to repair torn cartilage.
This deals a severe blow to the Rangers rotation. Last season, Holland provided the Rangers with 33 started and pitched 213 innings. That kind of reliability is not easily replaced. Holland was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Fraley also tweets that losing Holland for the first half of the season does not mean they will go after a “big ticket” pitcher. Yes, you have figured out that it was a reference to Masahiro Tanaka. Bill Baer of Hardball Talk surmises that the most likely fill-in could be Robbie Ross. Even though Ross has never started a MLB game, he started 68 of 69 games in his three seasons in the minor leagues.
Ross’ minor league record was 26-20 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.