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Wade Davis | Relief Pitcher | #17

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (0) / TB
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Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Monday that Wade Davis (forearm) won't be activated until at least Friday.
After tossing a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance for the Royals' Rookie League affiliate last Wednesday, Davis threw another scoreless frame Saturday with Triple-A Omaha. He's slated to make another appearance on Monday, but the Royals aren't going to rush things. Kelvin Herrera has done an excellent job filling in at closer, so Davis is no sure thing to get his old gig back when he returns. Aug 29 - 7:31 PM

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Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Wade Davis (forearm) will make "a couple more" rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list.

Davis allowed one hit and recorded one strikeout in his first rehab appearance with the Royals' Rookie League affiliate in Arizona on Wednesday. Kevin Herrera has been terrific while filling in as the Royals' closer and it's unclear whether Davis will immediately get his job back upon his return.
Aug 26 - 11:11 AM

Wade Davis (forearm) is expected to throw live batting practice at the team's spring training facility in Arizona early next week.

There was concern Davis might be done for the year after going on the disabled list with a right flexor strain but those fears have quickly evaporated. Davis is making steady progress in his recovery and could be close to beginning a rehab assignment. Kelvin Herrera has handled save chances during his absence.
Aug 20 - 8:37 PM

Wade Davis (forearm) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

Davis will go through a similar workout on Thursday and should then advance to facing live hitters. He's been out since July 27 because of a right flexor strain, with Kelvin Herrera filling in at closer for KC.
Aug 16 - 5:18 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Saturday that Wade Davis (forearm) will likely return before the end of August.

Davis has been playing catch for a few days but has yet to be cleared to resume throwing off a mound. "He’s feeling better," Yost said. "He’s totally symptom free, playing catch, extending it out." The progress from Davis is nice to see, but he'll need to throw some bullpen sessions, live batting practice and go on a possible rehab assignment before being activated. Obviously he's not out of the woods yet.
Aug 14 - 11:06 AM

Wade Davis (elbow) is aiming to resume throwing in the next couple of days.

Davis has been on a no-throw program since he landed on the disabled list July 31, retroactive to July 27, with a right flexor strain. There's no way of estimating a timetable for his return until he gets back on a mound, but late August seems like a possibility if he is able to avoid setbacks. Kelvin Herrera has taken over at closer for the Royals.
Aug 9 - 5:28 PM

Royals placed RHP Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 27, with a right flexor strain.

It's Davis' second trip to the DL this month due to arm issues. Flexor strains have often been precursors to ulnar collateral ligament issues, although obviously it's not a given that Davis' UCL might be compromised at some point. However, he figures to be in line for an extended absence regardless. Kelvin Herrera has assumed closing duties for the Royals.
Jul 31 - 12:49 PM

Wade Davis is flying back to Kansas City for an MRI on his right forearm.

Davis hasn't looked sharp since his return from the disabled list (4.15 ERA in five appearances) and now we might have a better idea why. The right-hander missed the minimum 15 days when he suffered a strained forearm earlier this month but apparently the pain hasn't subsided much. An extended absence would be a huge blow to both the Royals and his fantasy owners. Davis had been drawing some trade interest but we're guessing those talks are on hold now.
Jul 30 - 8:59 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are showing interest in Royals closer Wade Davis.

Los Angeles reportedly made a run at Aroldis Chapman this week before he landed with the Cubs. Davis hasn't been as dominant this year as he has been in years past, but the 30-year-old right-hander still ranks among the top relievers in baseball with his 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. He holds a $10 million team option for 2017, which is a relative bargain. It's not clear what a trade for an elite late-inning arm would do for Kenley Jansen's status as the Dodgers' closer. He has 30 saves this season and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
Jul 28 - 8:21 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that several teams have called the Royals inquiring on the availability of closer Wade Davis.

The Royals, who are considering selling at the trade deadline, are reportedly demanding a King's ransom for Davis. Heyman notes that the current asking price for Davis is higher than the Yankees are demanding for Aroldis Chapman. Davis is still under contract for a very affordable $10 million club option for next season, while Chapman hits free agency after the 2016 campaign, so there's certainly merit to asking for a higher price. Davis value shouldn't change much if he is dealt, as he's likely to close wherever he ends up. The Nationals are one club that Heyman notes have expressed interest in Davis.
Jul 23 - 3:01 PM

Royals activated RHP Wade Davis from the 15-day disabled list.

Davis missed the minimum 15 days with a strained forearm. He'll handle the ninth inning with Kelvin Herrera moving back into a setup role. Davis is having another monster year with a 1.23 ERA over 30 appearances. He's converted 19-of-21 save chances during that span.
Jul 16 - 3:14 PM

Wade Davis (forearm) could return to the Royals on Saturday, the first day he's eligible.

That's what manager Ned Yost told Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com on Friday evening. Davis has been on the disabled list since July 5, retroactive to July 1, because of a strained right forearm. He had a 1.23 ERA over his first 29 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 15 - 4:09 PM

Wade Davis (forearm) resumed throwing on Thursday without any issues.

The closer said the inflammation in his forearm is gone. It's unclear what the next step is for Davis, but it would appear he has a good shot to return when first eligible on July 16, which will be the Royals' second game after the All-Star break.
Jul 8 - 5:27 PM

Royals placed RHP Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm.

Uh-oh. Davis has had a brilliant first half for the Royals, contributing 19 saves and a stellar 1.23 ERA across 30 relief outings. He's a tough guy to replace but hard-throwing setup man Kelvin Herrera is probably as equipped as anyone to handle the ninth inning. He's a must-add with Davis on the shelf.
Jul 5 - 12:44 PM

Wade Davis tossed a scoreless ninth inning to secure his 18th save of the season in Monday's victory over the Indians.

Davis allowed a leadoff single to Lonnie Chisenhall but quickly erased him by getting Yan Gomes to ground into a double play. The closer has been less dominant this season with 10 walks over 24 1/3 frames and "only" 25 strikeouts, but he's still managed a 1.11 ERA and 0.99 WHIP and has blown just one save.
Jun 13 - 11:52 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Billy Burns
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Chris Young
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins
9Brian Flynn
10Matt Strahm