March 20, 2014 - Surprise, Ariz - Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland continues to give fans good news. After sustaining an injury that required micro-fracture surgery on January 10 to repair torn cartilage on his left knee is getting closer to stepping on the mound. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Holland has a 'tentative' return date

Surprise, Ariz – Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland continues to give fans good news.  After sustaining an injury that required micro-fracture surgery on January 10 to repair torn cartilage on his left knee is getting closer to stepping on the mound.

Derek Holland’s injury timeline

  • January 8 – Injured by Wrigley the dog while going up the stairs.
  • January 10 - micro-fracture surgery by Dr. Keith Meister at the Medical Center of
    Arlington
  • Feb 17 – Left knee was scanned earlier than planned.
  • February 21 – Walking without crutches
  • March 8 – Arrived at Spring Training camp
  • March 9 – Started Throwing out to 60 ft on a core program, everything except running
  • April 2 - Tentatively scheduled to throw his first bullpen session
  • June 1 – Holland hopes to be back in the starting rotation, Rangers are still doubtful and expects him to be after the All-Star break.

It does seem to be a bit optimistic, but Texas Rangers fans can hope.

Everyone so far points to an early return for Derek Holland.  He as been reaching each recovery milestone ahead of schedule.  I’m surprised he’ll be pitching in the bullpen this soon.  The Texas Rangers would certainly welcome a healthy and ready Holland back to the starting rotation.

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