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Derek Holland Won't Throw for at Least a Month  

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland will not throw for 4-6 weeks after leaving his start against Houston Friday with a strain in his left shoulder.

It was evident something was wrong with Holland from his very first pitch when Holland's velocity was under 90 miles per hour. Holland lasted nine pitches before exiting the game.

"I was hoping the radar gun was off or he would get loose," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

After Holland is allowed to throw again it is projected he will need at least one month of rebuilding arm strength before he can pitch for the Rangers.

"I'm beat up about this," Holland said. "I felt it on the last warmup pitch and I just wanted to make sure I got through the inning. Everything was great in the 'pen. I joke around about it now with (catcher Robinson) Chirinos. I was spotting up, everything was good, ball was coming out great and then to come out here and throw the first pitch and have it go down the drain like that, it crushes you."

The 28-year-old Holland missed most of last season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery.

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