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SEATTLE -- Pitcher Derek Holland, who is on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing knee surgery in January, has taken another step in his recovery by beginning to throw live batting practice in Arizona.

He is also doing some fielding drills to tolerance. Holland's goal is to return some time in June although it may be closer to the All-Star Game.

Other pitching updates:

Tanner Scheppers, sidelined with elbow inflammation, has still not resumed throwing. Sunday will mark 10 days since Scheppers last pitched in a game.

Joe Saunders, on the disabled list with a bruised left ankle, has a live batting practice scheduled for Tuesday in Arizona and could be close to going on medical rehabilitation assignment.

• Joe Ortiz, who missed all of Spring Training with a broken left foot, has begun a throwing program.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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