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White Sox to release Derek Holland

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The White Sox announced that they have placed lefty Derek Holland on waivers with the intention of giving him his outright release.

Holland signed with the White Sox in December, and Chicago was likely hoping he’d have a nice first half after which he could be flipped to a contender at the deadline. That plan looked pretty good early on as Holland went 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA in the season’s first month and, by the end of May, was still sporting a 2.37 ERA. Since June hit, however,  e’s posted an unspeakably bad 9.32 ERA and has allowed 23 homers in 19 games, 16 of which were starts.

There was no future for him in Chicago, either as a starter or in the pen. Now his big league future is up in the air too. I suspect he’ll be signing a minor league deal this winter and will have to pitch his way on to a roster in spring training.

Shohei Ohtani medically cleared to begin 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.