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Kelvin Herrera | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/31/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Kelvin Herrera (forearm) is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.
Herrera received clearance after playing catch with pitching coach Dave Eiland on Saturday with no issues. The reliever has a slight flexor strain in his right forearm but the Royals are evidently willing to gamble that the ailment won't get worse. Oct 5 - 8:56 AM

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Kelvin Herrera has been diagnosed with a slight flexor strain in his right forearm and is unavailable for Friday's contest against the Angels.

Herrera exited Thursday's game after facing just one hitter. It's certainly encouraging news that there is nothing wrong structurally, but his availability for the remainder of the Division Series remains in question. He is set to be re-evaluated on Saturday.
Oct 3 - 8:21 PM

Kelvin Herrera (forearm) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Herrera exited Thursday's ALDS Game 1 after facing just one batter due to right forearm tightness. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while even if nothing comes back wrong structurally, but we'll just have to see what the exam says.
Oct 3 - 8:47 AM

Kelvin Herrera exited Thursday's game versus the Angels with right forearm tightness.

Well, that's no good. Herrera walked the only batter he faced Thursday before being pulled. The Royals should provide more on his status after the game, but it seems likely that his postseason is over, which would be a big blow to the Royals' bullpen.
Oct 2 - 11:51 PM

Kelvin Herrera left Thursday's game against the Angels with an apparent hand injury.

Herrera was checked on by the trainer after walking David Freese on five pitches to lead off the seventh inning. It looked like a possible blister or maybe a cramp in his hand. We'll know for sure soon when the Royals provide an update.
Oct 2 - 11:16 PM

Royals recalled RHP Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha.

It will be his third stint in the majors, as the former setup man has flamed out in his other chances. Herrera has pitched well of late at Omaha, though, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 13/2 K/BB ratio in July. He figures to be used in low-leverage situations for now.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 08:22:00 AM

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals will recall Kelvin Herrera and Chris Getz from Triple-A Omaha prior to Friday's game.

They've already sent down Johnny Giavotella and Everett Teaford in corresponding moves. Herrera entered the season as a top setup man but ultimately flamed out and has been demoted twice. He got his act together at Omaha, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 13/2 K/BB ratio in July, but Herrera is likely to be used in low-leverage situations for now.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star was told by a club official that the Royals are considering calling up Kelvin Herrera in the next few days.

Herrera owns an ugly 5.20 ERA in 29 appearances with the Royals this season and has been demoted twice, but he has a 17/2 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 scoreless innings in his last five appearances between Double- and Triple-A. The hard-throwing 23-year-old has a ton of talent, so the Royals are hoping that he has righted himself.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Royals optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha.

Herrera got off to a solid start after returning from the minors, but he has allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over his last four appearances. The hard-throwing right-hander will attempt to get back on track is a less pressure-packed environment.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera took the loss on Tuesday, allowing three runs in just 1/3 of an inning against the Indians.

Herrera hadn't allowed a run since being recalled on June 5 but struggled mightily on Tuesday, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. There was a point early in the season where Herrera looked like he might wrestle the closing job away from a struggling Greg Holland, but with Holland straightened out and Herrera's troubles that seems like a remote possibility anytime in 2013.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 10:15:00 PM

Royals recalled RHP Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha.

Herrera dominated during his 10-day stay in the minor leagues and should immediately return to setup duties in Kansas City. The hard-throwing right-hander has a cool 3.04 ERA in 106-plus career major league innings.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 04:50:00 PM

Royals optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha.

It wasn't too long ago that Herrera was threatening Greg Holland for the closer role, but he has struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark this season, surrendering eight home runs in just 20 1/3 innings. He'll attempt to straighten things out in the minors.
Thu, May 23, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera allowed four runs, including three solo home runs, to the Braves on Tuesday.

It was Herrera's first hiccup of the season, and what a hiccup it was. Herrera was taken deep by Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla in the eighth inning of a game that was tied when he entered. His use in the eighth inning, coupled with his ineffectiveness in the appearance, should pour some cold water on the idea that he's a looming threat to Greg Holland as the Royals closer.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:03:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera earned his second save of the season in closing out the Royals' 3-0 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Herrera subbed in for regular closer Greg Holland, who earned his second save on Tuesday. Although manager Ned Yost has said he's sticking with Holland, it's hard to overlook what Herrera has done this season. The 23-year-old has struck out 10 batters without allowing a run in 4 1/3 innings thus far, and he's a perfect 2-for-2 in save conversions. Holland may still have the title for the time being, but any more stumbles and Herrera is ready to pounce.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 11:27:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera earned his first save of the season Sunday in the Royals' defeat of the Phillies.

Herrera entered the game to clean up a mess that closer Greg Holland helped create, which suggests that there may be a ninth-inning controversy brewing in Kansas City. Herrera has one of the hardest fastballs in the sport and posted an excellent 2.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 77/21 K/BB ratio across 84 1/3 innings last season. He can be an elite closer right now.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 05:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Liam Hendriks
12Michael Mariot
13Luke Hochevar