Derek Holland required microfracture knee surgery

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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.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.