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Bullpen should get a boost with return of Holland

The Sports Xchange
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Right-handed pitcher Greg Holland will likely be activated before the Saturday game against the White Sox.

Holland, who went on the 15-day disabled list April 21 with a left rib stress reaction, made two minor league rehab appearances for Class AA Northwest Arkansas with no problems and pitched well.

In one inning Thursday against Springfield (Mo.), Holland struck out the side, throwing 11 strikes in 14 pitches.

Holland was 0-2 with an 11.37 ERA in seven relief appearances, allowing eight runs, 13 hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings, although he did strike out 10, before being placed on the disabled list.

Last year Holland was 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA and four saves in 46 relief appearances, yielding just 37 hits in 60 innings, while striking out 74.

Manager Ned Yost knows what a healthy Holland could mean to the Kansas City bullpen.

"When we get him back, that will be a big boost to our pen," Yost said. "He'll be in the seventh and eighth along with (Aaron) Crow and (Kelvin) Herrera in front of (Jonathan) Broxton."

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