Left-hander Derek Holland was diagnosed with a strained subscapularis muscle in his shoulder after leaving his start Friday in the Texas Rangers’ home opener after only one inning, and might not be ready to return until July.
General manager Jon Daniels said that Holland won’t throw until a scan shows that the muscle has healed. The next scan will be in four weeks. Holland will also need a long-tossing program to build up arm strength, followed by bullpen sessions and a rehab assignment.
That could keep him out until July.
“I’m pretty beat up about this,” said Holland, who missed almost all of last season after having microfracture surgery on his left knee because of a fall at his home. “I don’t want to miss anything at all. It really sucks. This is not what I wanted.”
Holland’s fastball velocity Friday lagged well below where it normally sits. The fastest of the nine pitches he threw was 89 mph when he usually hits 93 or 94 mph. He was being evaluated.
Holland was slowed early in spring training by mild shoulder soreness. The Rangers took a cautious route in his recovery, a delay that forced him to start the home opener rather than the season opener.
The Rangers said that the tightness Holland had Friday, felt first on his final warmup toss, is not in the same area as the spring injury.
Right-hander Anthony Bass replaced Holland, who allowed a home run to Jed Lowrie to put the Rangers in a 1-0 hole. Bass, who allowed one run in five innings, is a candidate to start Wednesday, the next time Holland’s turn in the rotation comes up. Triple A lefty Wandy Rodriguez and right-handers Anthony Ranaudo and Alex Gonzalez are also candidates.
“We’re still talking about our hoptions right now,” Daniels said.
The Rangers will also need an outfielder after Ryan Rua sprained his right ankle and is expected to go on the disabled list, Daniels said. Shin-Soo Choo, who left in the second inning with back spasms, hopes to play Saturday but is likely to miss a few games.
The Rangers are already without right-hander Yu Darvish, the staff ace who experienced a similar decrease in velocity during his spring debut and was later diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required season-ending Tommy John surgery.
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