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Derek Holland says dog ‘Wrigley’ to blame for fall at home

Mark Townsend
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Speculation over what exactly caused Derek Holland to fall in his home last week — resulting in a torn meniscus in his left knee that could cost him half the regular season — has been running rampant over the weekend. One rumor in particular that picked up steam came after a caller to a Dallas radio station noted that Holland was out playing hockey on Monday night and may have suffered the injury there.

On Saturday, Holland attempted to clear up the speculation and fill in the holes with his first real comments about the fall itself. He says the culprit to blame wasn't hockey, but actually his dog Wrigley, who tripped him up as both were going up the stairs.

Here's more from ESPN Dallas:

“He was running up the stairs and clipped me,” Holland said Saturday afternoon. “I hit my knee on the step, and if it wasn’t for me grabbing the rail, I might have fallen all the way down the stairs and cracked my head open.”

Holland was adamant that playing hockey, something he does at times during the offseason, had nothing to do with the injury. He said he played on Monday night, but was fine Tuesday before the accident happened.

“I’m getting tired of the assumption that I hurt myself playing hockey,” Holland said. “I played the full game and was fine.”

There's nothing to suggest Holland isn't telling the truth, though we're sure Rangers fans can't be too overjoyed to hear about his hockey exploits. That seems like a recipe for disaster, but he actually survives that unscathed only to get tripped up at home by the dog. It's just plain bad luck, which actually kinda goes along with the dog's name if you think about it.

Sorry, Cubs fans.

As for Holland's mental state 24 hours after surgery, he's still pretty bummed about missing spring training, opening day and likely well beyond.

“It was just a freak accident, and it stinks that’s what happened,” Holland said. “For me, personally, it’s a big blow. I was very excited to get back with the guys and start the season. I felt like my offseason was great. I had what I thought was a good season last year and wanted to build off it.

“An accident like this, it crushes me.”

To help deal with the injury and the circumstances surrounding it, Holland says that he’s talked to Rangers sports psychologist consultant Don Kalkstein with an eye towards keeping his mind healthy to help his knee get healthy.

The Rangers are still looking at a mid-season return date for Holland. Sometime around the all-star break if all goes well. That's a long time ahead, so it's good to see Holland doing all he can to get his mental and physical rehab on track.

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