After Derek Holland went with his bizarre injury he suffered while playing with his dog, everyone was left to wonder what the Rangers would do to fill Holland’s starting position in the rotation. Would it be Neftali Feliz? What about Alexi Ogando? Or maybe they’ll bring someone from the outside?
Apparently the team is in talks with free agent pitcher Tommy Hanson. He would have a chance to become the Rangers’ fifth starter, at least until Holland returns around midway through the season. At the very least it wouldn’t be hard for the Rangers to find a spot for him on the roster. Mike Maddux, Rangers pitching coach fully anticipates the club to have 28 healthy pitchers at the start of spring training.
The 27-year old had a slump of a season with the Los Angeles Angels last year as he finished the season 4-3 and an ERA of 5.42. A forearm injury limited him to just 13 games. Following the injury, he missed some playing time due to the death of his step brother. Prior to playing for the Angels in 2013, Hanson spent his first four years with the Atlanta Braves.
He wasn’t non-tendered by the Angels earlier this offseason and they decided to release him instead of owing him nearly $4 million in 2014.
Questions continue to surround the status of Matt Harrison who had two back surgeries and was held to only two starts. He’s slated to throw his first bullpen Monday, Feb. 17. Colby Lewis has also missed significant time due to injury and he hasn’t seen major league acation since the summer of 2012. He plans to to be at camp with the rest of the pitchers.
As for his injury, Holland told the Dallas Morning News the following:
I was messing around with my dog, just clowning around, and from that, I was deciding to take off from him and run up the stairs. He decided to go just as quick as I did and came from behind me, clipped me from the back of my legs up the stairs, so as I was going up the stairs, he clipped me, and I fell down the steps. My knee buckled, and when I went down, I could have fallen all the way down and probably cracked my head open, but I caught myself from doing that, and I started yelling at the dog—and I’m not going to lie; any other person would do the exact same thing–and then my roommate heard me, came out, and I tried to get up, figuring everything was cool. I didn’t think it was that big a deal, and I noticed it. My leg was killing me, so we called one of my trainers, and then we called my strength coach, and then from there, we got a hold of Dr. Meister, and we got everything set up. I had told him what had happened.