You may remember that Greg Holland was the top reliever drafted in many Fantasy leagues last year, but he won't be drafted at all this year. That's because he's recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he didn't have until October even though something was clearly wrong from the get-go. The most celebrated member of the majors' most celebrated bullpen had lost about 2 mph on his fastball and couldn't find the strike zone consistently, and yet the Royals didn't discover the injury until September. As overpowering as Holland was in the role, he'll surely return to closing if he makes a full recovery, but it won't be until 2017 at the earliest.
The Royals declined to tender Holland (elbow) a contract for 2016. This was fully expected, with Holland set to miss all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September. It's possible the Royals will look to bring Holland back on a multi-year deal, but the price would have to be right, as they have enough bullpen depth to overcome his loss (as they proved in the World Series).
Royals pitcher Greg Holland (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. After being diagnosed with a "significant" tear in his UCL, Holland will likely have to refrain from any activity over the offseason. Given the usual timetable for Tommy John, the 29-year-old likely won't be available until the 2017 season.
Royals reliever Greg Holland (elbow) has a "significant" tear in his UCL, and Tommy John surgery seems the most likely outcome, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Holland has already been shut down for the remainder of the season, but Tommy John surgery could potentially cut into most, if not all, of his 2016 availability as well. If that's the case, Wade Davis would likely surge up draft boards with saves added to his already eye-popping stats.
Royals pitcher Greg Holland (elbow) will be shut down for the rest of the season. It was thought that Holland would only miss a few days due to the soreness in his elbow, but it turns out the setback will sideline him much longer than originally expected. The extent of Holland's setback is uncertain, but it's possible it could affect his status for the 2016 season. Wade Davis will serve as the Royals' closer for the rest of the current campaign.
Royals pitcher Greg Holland (elbow) will not be the closer upon his return, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Kansas City announced Tuesday that Holland will rest for a few days as he deals with soreness in his elbow. Manager Ned Yost also announced that when Holland returns to active status, he will no longer hold the closer's role, and the Royals will instead go with Wade Davis through the rest of the regular season, as well as the playoffs. Holland's velocity has dipped of late, likely due to the elbow soreness, and he took the loss in his last appearance Friday in Detroit, giving up two runs on three hits while walking two batters.