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Holland Slightly Ahead of Schedule

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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)

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Derek Holland's tumble on his stairs about six weeks ago sent Texas Rangers fans into a fury over the wackiness of his injury and his dog Wrigley.

Once it was announced Holland underwent micro-fracture surgery on his knee, the fear escalated as the Rangers' original prognosis of Holland being out until around the all-star break was questioned, and the speculation began as to whether Holland would pitch in 2014 at all.

Holland was originally scheduled to get a bone scan on his knee 12 weeks after the surgery, but now, he's set to have it done after eight weeks, which is two weeks from now. After that, Holland could join the Rangers in Arizona and begin rehab work with the club instead of rehabbing at home in Dallas.

Holland's loss, for however long it may be, is obviously a huge blow to the Rangers' rotation. He had a career year in 2013, and was the only Rangers starter who wasn't placed on the disabled list, racking up a career-high 213 innings while posting a 3.42 ERA.

At this point, if Holland can indeed return before the all-star break, which is what he's maintained all along, that would be a huge victory for the Rangers, who currently are scrambling trying to figure out how to fill out their rotation, which other than Yu Darvish, is full of question marks.

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