Derek Holland cuts bullpen session short due to more shoulder pain

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After struggling as a rookie last season Rangers left-hander Derek Holland began this year back at Triple-A and looked great following his call-up in mid-May, going 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in three starts.
He was used as a reliever on May 26 and then rejoined the rotation for a Sunday night start against the Twins two weeks ago, but was removed from the game in the second inning after throwing in the mid-80s and revealed afterward that his hand was numb.
Texas placed Holland on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but now it sounds like something more significant is going on. Holland had to cut short a bullpen session yesterday due to more shoulder pain, throwing only 17 of a scheduled 30 pitches.
At the very least the setback means he’s unlikely to return this month and there’s now some fear that the promising 23-year-old southpaw could be facing surgery.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.