Holland trying to stay positive after knee surgery

Holland trying to stay positive after knee surgery

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Derek Holland is hoping for a quick return after undergoing surgery on Friday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Holland will be shut down for six weeks and the initial prognosis is he won't be back until mid-season. But that would seem a long recovery time for torn cartilage, especially considering Holland didn't tear any ligaments in the knee.

"I feel I could be back sooner, but I don't know, I've never had an injury like this," Holland said Saturday. "That seems like a long time, but I've never had this before, so I don't know what to expect."

Holland injured the knee falling on the stairs at his house.

"I was just playing with my dog and I was running up the steps and he came up from behind me and clipped me," Holland said. "I fell on the top step, but it could have been worse. I could have fallen all the way down the stairs and cracked my head open."

Instead Holland fell on his left knee and tore the cartilage. Dr. Keith Meister, who did the surgery, told Holland that he might have injured the knee a few years ago and didn't realize it.

"He said it just happened again," Holland said. "Who knows? It could have happened at anytime, I just happened to be playing with the dog."

Holland said he has spoken with team psychologist Don Kalkstein since the injury.

"I'm trying to stay positive and not get too down," Holland said.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.