Derek Holland threw live batting practice for the first time, also took fielding drills

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Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Rangers starter Derek Holland threw live batting practice in Arizona on Saturday for the first time since he suffered a knee injury in a dog-related home fall back in January. Holland also told the media he participated in PFPs, or pitcher fielding practice.

Holland underwent microfracture surgery on his knee on January 10 and the initial prognosis suggested a mid-season return. As long as Holland doesn’t suffer any setbacks, that still seems like a realistic goal for the lefty. Wilson suggests Holland will throw two or three more sessions of live batting practice, then could head out on a rehab assignment in 10-14 days.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.