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Monday, February 17, 2014
Injuries: Derek Holland nearly off crutches

By Richard Durrett

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-handed pitcher Derek Holland is going to get a scan on his left knee earlier than planned.

Instead of getting it done at 12 weeks after his surgery, doctors will take a look at eight weeks. That's two weeks from now, meaning he won't be coming to Arizona until early March. But general manager Jon Daniels said Holland, who is expected to get off crutches this week, is progressing well.

Other injury notes:

Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar has been cleared to throw by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. The team will still ease him in and he'll start Cactus League games at DH before transitioning to full-time second-base duty. Read more about Profar's status here.

* RHP Ben Rowen (biceps tendinitis): Cleared to start his throwing program, but won't be ready for the start of Cactus League games based on his progression.

* RHP Shawn Tolleson (left ankle sprain): He's going to throw live BP later today, so the ankle is feeling better.

* RHP Daniel Bard (stiff back): He will go through conditioning and get treatment, but he was behind anyway because of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery in January.