By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to the USA Today, San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland has criticized the team’s front office. In addition, he claims that he faked an injury to go on the injury list.
After Saturday’s 5-4 loss, the veteran pitcher was demoted to the team’s bullpen. He claims “[he has] no idea what they’re doing [in the front office.
His last start was on Thursday when he allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Colorado Rockies in a 12-11 loss. This was his first start back after being on the injured list for a left index finger bone bruise.
He is 1-4 on the season with a 6.75 ERA in seven starts with one complete game. He has allowed 26 runs (26 earned runs), including 10 home runs, on 33 hits over 34 2/3 innings.
He also has 42 strikeouts and 20 walks.
Holland signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Giants in January 2019. The team includes a club option for the 2020 season. He can receive $15 million if the club option is picked up.
He claims he “did a fake injury” and says “[he’s] not happy about it.”
He also alleges that the front office “keep changing a lot of the things,” but says, “at the end of the day, I’m going to do whatever they ask me to do.”
“To be honest, I have no idea what they’re doing,” Holland said when asked if he knew why he was being sent to relief. “I don’t mean Boch … It’s more from the front office.
“We keep changing a lot of things. I did a fake injury so I’m not happy about that. But at the end of the day I’m going to do what they ask me to do. I’m going to be here for my teammates. That’s what it’s all about.”
While Holland claims he faked the injury, the San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi, who said the injury was legit.
“He had a finger issue that he had back in spring training,” Zaidi said. “It flared up. We got an MRI. He felt he could continue pitching. We felt it would be prudent to give him the time off. The decision was collaboratively made. We have extensive medical records of it.
“His use of the word ‘fake’ probably comes from him feeling he could continue to pitch with it. Players and the staff and front office people sometimes have differences of opinion when they should or shouldn’t play.”