The Kansas City Royals clinched the AL Central this season, but amidst the celebration came unfortunate news for the Royals and the bullpen.
Greg Holland tore his UCL and will miss the rest of the season. Holland is scheduled to meet with doctors in Los Angeles soon and, after the meeting, it will be determined whether or not he needs Tommy John surgery.
Holland has been one of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball in the past few seasons. In 2013 and 2014 Holland had an ERA just over 1.00 amongst other excellent numbers.
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He has, though, struggled to put up those same numbers this season and, as a result, was taken out of the closer role and replaced by Wade Davis.
Holland saw a jump in walks, earned runs, WHIP, and blown saves. His five blown saves this year match to the total number of blown saves he had in 2013 and 2014.
Royals manager Ned Yost said of Holland's performance and his replacement by Wade Davis:
“You know what you’ve got with Wade, with Holly you don’t know from one day to the next how his elbow is going to respond, if it’s going to be tight or sore or stiff.
“You’ve got to pretty much know what you’re going to put out there, especially when you get in the playoffs,” he said.
“It’s just decisions we have to make, but they are not easy decisions, trust me. But we just have other options.”
Still Holland's season wasn't terrible and he was an important part of the bullpen even with his troubles at times, with 32 saves in 48 games.
Going into the playoffs the Royals will likely see an increase in appearances by Ryan Madson and Franklin Morales with the loss of Holland. It'll be interesting to see how the Royals perform going forward in the postseason.