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Giants' Derek Holland criticizes front office about 'fake injury' designations

By
Jake Elman
San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland was moved to the bullpen this weekend. Holland said the Giants gave him a fake injury designation earlier this year. File Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI
San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland was moved to the bullpen this weekend. Holland said the Giants gave him a "fake injury" designation earlier this year. File Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

May 12 (UPI) -- San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland accused the front office of giving him a "fake injury" after he was moved to the bullpen Saturday night.

Holland, 32, said the Giants placed him on the injured list earlier this season with a non-existent finger bone bruise on his left index finger.

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"I'm not happy about that, but at the end of the day, I'm going to do whatever they ask me to do," Holland told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Holland was demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen this weekend. The veteran pitcher added he has "no idea" what the front office is doing.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi denied Holland's claims. Zaidi told the San Francisco Chronicle the finger injury was legit and the team has "extensive medical records" of it.

"His use of the word 'fake' probably comes from him feeling he could continue to pitch with it," Zaidi said. "Players and the staff and front office people sometimes have differences of opinion when they should or shouldn't play."

Tyler Beede replaced Holland in the starting rotation. Holland is 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA this season.

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