Greg Holland RP KC 2 days ago

Holland (pectoral strain) expects to resume throwing Saturday or Sunday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

A Grade 1 pectoral strain sent Holland to the DL late last week, but he said Wednesday that he's feeling better. The Royals have not provided a set timetable for Holland's return, but if he does start up with his throwing program this weekend, it would bode well for his chances of returning on or shortly after his earliest possible activation date of May 4. He should immediately push Wade Davis back to a setup role upon his return.

Greg Holland RP KC 5 days ago

Holland underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a Grade 1 pectoral strain, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

The Grade 1 strain is the most mild injury Holland could have had after the initial prognosis of a right pectoral strain, so it appears he dodged a more serious ailment. An exact timetable for the closer is still unclear, but at least the exact extent of the injury was not as severe as initially expected.

Greg Holland RP KC 7 days ago

Holland has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right pectoral strain.

Wade Davis will slot in as the Royals' closer in Holland's absence. The extent of the strain is unknown, but Holland recorded his fourth save of the season Friday night a scoreless ninth inning against the A's. The appearance Friday was Holland's fourth fourth of the year, while the Royals have only used him once on consecutive days.

Greg Holland RP KC 1 week ago

Holland recorded his fourth save with a scoreless ninth inning in the Royals 6-4 win over Oakland on Friday night.

He pitched around a walk, but has still yet to allow a run this season. In what is becoming commonplace as the Royals attempt to shorten games with their overwhelming bullpen, Holland followed Kelvin Herrera (seventh inning) and Wade Davis (eighth inning and the winning pitcher) in logging three more scoreless bullpen innings.

Greg Holland RP KC 2 weeks ago

Holland recorded his third save of the season Saturday against the Angels.

Holland needed only ten pitches to get through the inning. He struck out one batter. Holland has a 0.00 ERA on the season. He was given the day off Friday after playing in consecutive games. Holland has converted all of his save opportunities.

Greg Holland RP KC 2 weeks ago

The Royals opted to rest Holland on Friday night after he had pitched on back-to-back days Wednesday and Thursday. Wade Davis recorded the save in the win over the Angels.

As noted by FoxSports.com, Holland pitched on three consecutive days five times in 2014, but that didn't happen for the first time until May. Holland should be available and summoned as usual if the Royals generate a save opportunity Saturday.

Greg Holland RP KC 2 weeks ago

Holland needed just 10 pitches to generate two strikeouts and a groundout for his second save of the season Thursday against the White Sox.

It looks like he's picking up right where he left off as perhaps the top closer in baseball.

Greg Holland RP KC 2 weeks ago

Holland notched his first save of 2015 with a 1-2-3 ninth inning Wednesday against the White Sox.

Holland needed just seven pitches to mow down Adam LaRoche, Gordan Beckham and pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck. Dating back to last postseason, the closer hasn't been scored upon in seven straight appearances. The right-hander has collected 46 or more saves in back-to-back seasons, and should see enough opportunities to do so again this season.

Greg Holland RP KC 2 months ago

Holland avoided arbitration with the Royals with a one-year, $8.25 million deal, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.Holland has had a 1.32 ERA and 13.5 K/9 in the last two years, making his case as the best closer in the American League. He has one more round of arbitration in 2016, then free agency.

Greg Holland RP KC 7 months ago

Holland left the team Wednesday to attend to the birth of his child, but is expected back for Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

It sounds like the Royals will have their All-Star closer back for the series opener, which doesn't get underway until 9:07 p.m. ET. Holland was his typically-dominant self again this season, posting a 1.44 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with 46 saves (just two blown saves) in 62.1 innings.