Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
3 months ago

Herrera was tagged with his fifth blown save after allowing a run on two hits during the ninth inning of Thursday's extra-innings loss to Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera, who was recently removed from the closer's role, got his chance to earn the ninth-inning gig back, but fell flat after allowing a two-out, RBI double to Francisco Lindor. Thursday may be the straw that breaks the camel's back when it comes to Herrera being used again to close out games.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
3 months ago

Herrera pitched a clean eighth inning Wednesday against Detroit in his first appearance since being removed from the closer's role.

EDGE Analysis

As the Baseball God's would have it, Scott Alexander blew the save and lost the game in the ninth inning, leaving the door slightly cracked for Herrera to regain his prior job. Manager Ned Yost is planning to try a few arms in the ninth inning, but with a playoff race in full swing, the skipper may think twice about leaving Herrera -- who converted 26 of 30 saves earlier this year -- in a setup role.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
3 months ago

Herrera will relinquish his role as the closer in the Kansas City bullpen, according to manager Ned Yost, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera gave up three runs during Thursday's blown save, costing the Royals a big game against the Twins. That marked the first appearance for the right-hander since Sept. 1, as he's been dealing with a forearm strain over the past week, ever since blowing another save against the Twins last Friday. Yost said that Mike Minor, Scott Alexander and Brandon Maurer will split the ninth-inning duties, while Herrera likely transitions to a set-up role for the foreseeable future.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
3 months ago

Herrera (3-3) took the loss while suffering his fourth blown save Thursday against the Twins after allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout while only recording two outs.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera failed spectacularly at holding a 2-1 lead despite not surrendering a single extra-base hit. A Brian Dozier sac fly tied the game after a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases, then Jorge Polanco broke the tie with a two-run single following an intentional walk to Joe Mauer. Herrera was pulled after the Polanco hit in favor of Brandon Maurer, who was able to stop the bleeding. It's possible Herrera's forearm strain is still bothering him, so tread carefully.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
3 months ago

Herrera (forearm) said he was available out of the bullpen Tuesday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera was diagnosed with a strained forearm after blowing a save last Friday, but he said his forearm felt "pretty normal" after throwing Tuesday, so he'll be available to pitch if needed. Scott Alexander racked up a pair of saves over the weekend in Herrera's absence.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
3 months ago

Herrera had an MRI that showed a lower forearm strain and he will be unavailable for at least a couple days, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals say that they are not overly concerned, but this is still a notable injury for the closer. Mike Minor, Scott Alexander and Brandon Maurer would all seem to be options to close while Herrera is unavailable. Herrera has a 2.16 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings since the start of August.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
3 months ago

Herrera gave up two unearned runs on a hit and two walks and was pulled before he could lock down the save with two outs in the ninth Friday night against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

An error by second baseman Whit Merrifield created the jam, but Herrera wasn't able to work out of it. While Herrera's lack of control was troubling -- he managed just 11 strikes in 22 pitches -- the bigger factor for his removals was likely the high pitch count. Herrera had an appearance cut short by forearm tightness last week, so the Royals probably don't want to push him to deep into outings yet.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
4 months ago

Herrera (wrist, forearm) is ready to return to game action Thursday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander had tightness in his throwing forearm Tuesday and had to cut his appearance short, but he appears to be over the issue. Herrera owners should put him back in the lineup yet should pay attention to how he responds the day after whenever he takes the mound.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
4 months ago

Herrera, who left Tuesday's game early with forearm tightness, is not expected to miss much time, if any. Manager Ned Yost went so far as to say the closer could be available Wednesday against the Rockies, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star, reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fantasy owners are in a tough spot with Herrera on Wednesday. A decision regarding his availability could come before the game, but it sounds more like a situation in which Herrera would test the forearm from the bullpen if needed late in the game. The good news is that Yost confirmed the ailment is centralized in the wrist, and not Herrera's elbow.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
4 months ago

Herrera exited Tuesday's game against the Rockies with right forearm tightness, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera was summoned to pitch the ninth inning Tuesday, but was removed from the game after allowing two walks and a hit while only recording two outs. The closer admitted to feeling some tingling in his forearm, which may help explain his subpar performance. He'll undergo further testing Wednesday. If he's forced to spend time on the DL, Brandon Maurer would be the most likely candidate to occupy the ninth-inning duties.