Derek Holland threw a 67-pitch simulated game on Saturday in which he fielded multiple bunts to test his surgically-repaired knee. Although manager Ron Washington said “there was progress made,” the Rangers will wait until the team returns from a seven-game road trip on July 7 to decide if Holland will begin a rehab assignment, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.
Holland underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in January. Holland was hoping to begin his rehab, but will live with the Rangers’ decision to play it safe. “Obviously it’s up to them what they decide,” Holland said. “I’ve got to respect their decision and go from there.”
Holland, 27, had the best season of his career in 2013, finishing with a 3.42 ERA and a 189/64 K/BB ratio in 213 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.