Derek Holland, who missed most of last season recovering from knee surgery and struggled with shoulder problems this spring, exited his first start of the season after one inning today with what the Rangers are calling “shoulder tightness.”
For now they’re saying it’s not in the same area where Holland experienced soreness during spring training, but obviously shoulder problems then and shoulder problems now make for a lot of worry.
Holland pitched very well down the stretch last year once he was finally able to return from knee surgery, posting a 1.46 ERA in 37 innings, and the 28-year-old left-hander has a 40-21 record with a 3.83 ERA since 2011.
As you’ll recall, we have a new All-Star voting system in place this year. It’s a two-tiered system.
The “the Primary,” is underway and runs through June 21. That’s just the regular “vote for whoever you want stuff.” After it’s over, the top three vote-getters at each position will then be placed on a new ballot — “The Starter’s Election” — from which fans will then vote again during a single 28-hour period to decide who starts the All-Star Game. The results of that will be announced on June 27. The bench guys and pitchers and stuff will be chosen as usual, with full rosters announced a couple of days later.
Major League Baseball just gave us an update of who’s leading the primary. The overall leaders at each position break down thusly:
Here are the more extensive leaderboards, with the shaded names belonging to players who, if voting stopped now, would make the second round. First, the American League:
And now the National League:
Vote early, vote often.