Greg Holland RP KC 8 Days

Holland returned to the mound after missing eight days with a sore triceps and hurled a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out three.

He came on to pitch the ninth in a non-save situation after having not pitched on just over a week. He no doubt needed the work and threw 18 pitches (12 for strikes). If he comes out of the game with no problems, he should immediately step back into his closer's role.

Greg Holland RP KC 9 Days

Holland's (triceps) Thursday availability will be dependent on how he feels during pre-game warmups, Josh Vernier of 610 AM Kansas City reports.

Holland has been dealing with triceps soreness for nearly a week, but appears to be nearing a return to the mound. He'll play a bit of catch prior to Thursday's game, and if he emerges free of discomfort, look for him to take the hill in his regular ninth-inning role. If not, Wade Davis -- who hasn't allowed an earned run since June 25 -- will continue to serve as the closer.

Greg Holland RP KC 10 Days

Holland "felt fine" on Wednesday, but was held out of the game against the Tigers, the Associated Press reports. Wade Davis recorded his third save of the season in Holland's absence. "Greg felt fine today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "My whole mindset was, I was going to go up to the point where Greg said, 'OK, I don't feel anything' -- and then give him another day."

It sounds like the triceps injury that has been bothering Holland has significantly improved, but Yost's vague plan for his closer makes it difficult to get a clear read on when exactly he might be tasked with handling a save situation next.

Greg Holland RP KC 11 Days

Holland felt a slight twinge in his sore triceps muscle while throwing his slider and would not have pitched Tuesday, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

Manager Ned Yost said Holland is "real close" to being ready for game action, but it's been almost a week since he last pitched, so it's hard to say when we'll next see him closing a game for Kansas City. He should still be considered day-to-day, but could very well be unavailable again Wednesday.

Greg Holland RP KC 11 Days

Holland (triceps) may be unavailable out of the Royals' bullpen again Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Holland has dealt with a sore triceps for a few days, and it appears he is still not 100 percent healthy. Manager Ned Yost did not rule Holland out of Tuesday's game altogether, but if he is unable to go, Wade Davis would likely get the ball in a save situation Tuesday if one arises.

Greg Holland RP KC 12 Days

Holland (triceps) would not have pitched in a save situation Monday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1 reports.

The Royals fell 9-5 to the Tigers on Monday afternoon anyway, so Holland owners fortunately didn't miss out on a potential save opportunity. Manager Ned Yost says that he'll be available once again Tuesday, so it doesn't appear that the closer has suffered any type of major setback. If the Royals continue to play it conservatively with Holland down the stretch, look for Wade Davis to see the majority of save situations left open, with Kelvin Herrera representing another potential candidate.

Greg Holland RP KC 14 Days

Holland (triceps tightness) said that he'll be available out of the bullpen Sunday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

While the Royals could still hold Holland out as a precaution, it appears as though he'll head into the week healthy and ready to resume his closing duties. With a 1.60 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 80 strikeouts over 56.1 innings, the 28-year-old has probably solidified himself as a top-five closer heading into 2015.

Greg Holland RP KC 15 Days

Holland (triceps) does not expect to pitch Saturday, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

While Holland will likely be unavailable for at least another day, he said he's not concerned about the triceps soreness and simply wants to be fresh down the stretch. The Royals have several legitimate options to close (Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Aaron Crow), should the situation arise Saturday, and Holland should be considered day-to-day for now.

Greg Holland RP KC 15 Days

Manager Ned Yost said Holland (triceps) "feels better," but wouldn't say whether his closer will be available for Saturday's game, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

The team still wants to be cautious with Holland, but it sounds like there's a chance he could pitch Saturday in the right situation, and at the very least he could be available in short order. Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Aaron Crow could all stand a chance to record a save, depending on the situation, if Holland is not available.

Greg Holland RP KC 15 Days

The Royals are being cautious with Holland due to tightness in his triceps during his last appearance Wednesday, Jeff Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.

Holland had no issues Monday or Wednesday when he closed out his 41st and 42nd saves without allowing a runner in either inning and two strikeouts in each game. He has not allowed an earned run since August 15. His availability remains a bit unclear, but he might not be able to pitch in back-to-back games until manager Ned Yost feels more comfortable.