ARLINGTON, TX - Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 5, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Derek Holland wants to stress the fact that his injury and subsequent knee surgery earlier this month isn't as bad as it sounds.
But pardon us, Derek, the word "microfracture" is never a good thing for professional athletes.
When speaking to ESPN Dallas over the weekend, Holland said his injury is not as serious as former Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman's was in 2011, when he didn't make his season debut until after the all-star break. Feldman's surgery was on his femur, a major weight-bearing bone in the leg, while Holland's was his kneecap. Feldman missed eight months. Holland hopes to be back around the all-star break.
Holland said he's already bending his knee at 90 degrees and feels things are going well and progressing quickly. He just knows it can't be to quickly.
"I feel very good with the way things have been going," Holland told ESPN Dallas. "But I can't rush anything."
Holland also added that he hasn't yet decided if he's going to spring training or staying in DFW to rehab at home at Rangers Ballpark.
"I want to be with the guys, but at the same time I don't want to be a distraction," he said.