Rangers will wait until July 7 to decide what to do with Derek Holland

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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.

Shohei Ohtani medically cleared to begin a throwing progression

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The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.

Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.

In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.