Rangers LHP Holland has knee surgery after fall

Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will miss the start of the season after having surgery Friday on his left knee.

The Rangers say Holland injured his knee in a fall on the stairs in his home earlier this week.

General manager Jon Daniels says Holland has cartilage damage. Daniels says it's too early to have an exact timetable for Holland's return, but the Rangers expect the lefty to miss some time during the regular season and possibly not pitch until midseason.

Holland was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-high 33 starts last season. He pitched a career-high 213 innings.

In statement released by the team, Holland says he's devastated by the injury caused by what he called a "freak accident."

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