Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News shares the update:
The Texas Rangers acknowledged on Tuesday that left-hander Derek Holland underwent micro-fracture surgery on the left knee last week. The procedure underscores why the Rangers have said they are planning on Holland to be out until the All-Star break.
In the surgery, Rangers medical director Dr. Keith Meister created tiny fractures in the kneecap. The fractures are designed to stimulate the growth of new cartilage in the area.
Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman underwent the same surgery in November 2010 and didn’t make his 2011 regular-season debut until July 22. If Holland also requires an eight-month recovery, he could be out until August.
Holland, 27, registered an excellent 3.42 ERA, 1.286 WHIP and 189/64 K/BB ratio across 213 innings (33 starts) last season for Texas. The Rangers may have to turn to the free agent market to replace him.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.