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.

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.