Wade Davis RP KC 9 hours ago

Davis will take over as the Royals' closer with Greg Holland (pectoral strain) placed on the 15-day DL, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

A timetable for Holland's recovery was not immediately provided, but there will be a window for Davis, one of the game's premiere setup men last season, to get his first run as the team's closer. Davis has allowed just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts in five innings this season.

Wade Davis RP KC 1 week ago

Davis struck out the side and walked one while tossing a scoreless ninth to record the save against the Angels on Friday night.

Greg Holland was rested after he pitched on back-to-back days Wednesday and Thursday. If nothing else, Davis' save Friday night confirms the expectation that he would be the closer for the Royals if Holland were to succumb to injury. Holland pitched on three consecutive days five times in 2014, but he didn't receive a workload like that prior to May.

Wade Davis RP KC 1 week ago

Davis picked up the win Wednesday against the White Sox, allowing one hit and striking out two in a scoreless eighth inning.

Davis is a valuable commodity in leagues that count holds, but provided fantasy owners with an extra bonus by picking up the victory in the night contest. He's now thrown 28 pitches in the Royals' first two games, but considering he made 71 appearances in 2014, there's little reason to think he wouldn't be available Thursday afternoon.

Wade Davis RP KC 5 months ago

Davis' $7 million option for 2015 was exercised by the Royals on Monday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Davis' option was expected to be picked up following a remarkable season in 2014 that included the 28-year-old as an anchor in the back end of a bullpen that helped get the Royals to the World Series. He entered the season as a candidate for the starting rotation, but now will enter 2015 cemented in the bullpen with two more options left on his contract in 2016 and 2017.

Wade Davis RP KC 7 months ago

Davis allowed an earned run for the first time since June 25 Tuesday night against the White Sox.

Davis had been holding one of the longest active scoreless inning streaks in the majors up until Tuesday, second to only teammate Kelvin Herrera. Despite playing a role in a tough Royals' loss, Davis has been one of the elite relief pitchers in baseball this season, striking out 97 batters over 66 innings with a nearly untouchable 0.83 WHIP.

Wade Davis RP KC 7 months ago

Davis earned the win Monday, tossing a scoreless ninth against the White Sox.

Davis has been sensational this season, registering a 0.69 ERA and nine wins out of the bullpen. The righty has allowed runs in just four appearances this season, and has been unscored upon since June 25.

Wade Davis RP KC 7 months ago

Davis struck out a pair during a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his third save of the season.

All three saves that Davis has recorded this season have come within the last week. Greg Holland has been dealing with a triceps injury, but it's believed that Holland is nearing a return to action, and subsequently, he'll move Davis back into a setup role. Davis could become a free agent if the Royals decline their $7 million club option on his contract this offseason. As a result, there could be significant interest in Davis as a closer from teams looking to bolster their ninth-inning situation.

Wade Davis RP KC 7 months ago

Davis retired the two hitters he faced, both via strikeout, to preserve a 1-0 Kansas City win over the Yankees on Friday night.

The Royals' bullpen has been worked hard of late and Davis (one save, 0.72 ERA), who has been spectacular in a set-up role all season was given a chance to log his first save of the year. He'll primarily remain the set-up man for Greg Holland, but he is a viable option when Holland needs a breather.

Wade Davis RP KC 8 months ago

Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning and claimed his seventh win of the season Tuesday vs. the Twins after teammate Alex Gordon smacked a walk-off homer in the bottom half of the frame.

With an 0.78 ERA and 13.5 K/9 rate over 57.1 innings, Davis has arguably been the best reliever in baseball -- closer or not. Perhaps most incredibly, he's given up just two extra-base hits in this season, both of which were doubles.

Wade Davis RP KC 11 months ago

Wade Davis picked up his third win in relief with a perfect eighth Wednesday as the Royals beat the White Sox 3-1.

Davis got a couple of strikeouts, though it still took him just 10 pitches to finish the inning. He's up to 38 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings for the season, with three wins and a 1.77 ERA Yeah, he'd probably still rather be starting, but he's much, much better in his current role.