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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Western Carolina
Contract: view contract details

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals won't offer Greg Holland (elbow) arbitration this winter but "could try to work out another arrangement or even a two-year deal."
Holland likely won't pitch next season following Tommy John surgery earlier this month, so declining to offer him arbitration is a no-brainer. However, retaining him on a relatively cheap two-year contract might prove to be a shrewd move by the Royals. Oct 23 - 12:34 PM

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Greg Holland will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday.

Holland managed to pitch over a year with damage to his ulnar collateral ligament, but he saw his velocity and results decline this season and has finally decided to go under the knife. He'll almost surely be sidelined until the 2017 season. Holland is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter, so there would seem to be a good chance he's thrown his last pitch as a Royal.
Sep 29 - 6:22 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Greg Holland has a "significant" tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.

Yost believes that Holland tore the ligament last August, which is pretty amazing considering how well he pitched in the postseason. Of course, this season has been a different story, with his velocity dipping as the year has gone along. He's scheduled to go for a second opinion next week, but Tommy John surgery appears likely, which would leave him sidelined for all of 2016. If that's the case, he's a clear non-tender this winter.
Sep 24 - 5:09 PM

Greg Holland said Thursday that an MRI earlier this month showed that he has ligament damage in his elbow.

It's not a promising development. The Royals announced Thursday that Holland is done for the season, which suggests that he's dealing with a serious injury. He's scheduled to be examined next week in Los Angeles, but the possibility of Tommy John surgery looms large here.
Sep 24 - 4:58 PM

The Royals announced Thursday that Greg Holland will not pitch again this season.

Uh oh. Holland has struggled through a tight elbow of late and was recently pulled from the closer role in favor of Wade Davis. No word yet on the specific nature of his injury, but the Royals announced that more will be known after he goes for tests next week in Los Angeles. Holland made $8.25 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. He could be a non-tender depending on what the Royals find out.
Sep 24 - 4:23 PM

Greg Holland won't get his ninth-inning job back this year.

Holland is fighting through a tight elbow and the Royals are finally ready to turn things over to Wade Davis. This sets up an interesting offseason debate for Kansas City with salaries rising on both relievers.
Sep 22 - 5:32 PM

Greg Holland will be unavailable for the next few days due to tightness in his right elbow.

Wade Davis is going to fill in at closer and is even more of a must-own now than he's been. Holland owns a rough 3.83 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings this season.
Sep 22 - 5:01 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Wednesday that the team will keep a close eye on closer Greg Holland.

Holland owns a 3.56 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, and he wasn't overly impressive in locking down the save Tuesday. "If it gets to be an issue, we’ll evaluate it," Yost said of Holland's effectiveness. "It hasn’t become an issue yet. People want to get nervous because he’s throwing 90 or 91 mph. That’s fine. But right now, it really hasn’t become an issue. If it does, we’ll evaluate it." The Royals have no shortage of options if they decide to go in a different direction, with Wade Davis sure to get the first look. Holland owners should grab Davis just in case.
Sep 16 - 7:20 PM

Greg Holland escaped danger to earn the save Tuesday, working a scoreless inning against the Indians.

Holland walked leadoff hitter Lonnie Chisenhall before a Yan Gomes single brought the winning run to the plate with no outs, but he bore down to avoid further damage. It's been that kind of year for Holland, who has been mostly good -- hence the 31 saves -- but owns a 3.56 ERA and 1.40 WHIP as well. Even so, Holland remains the unquestioned closer in KC.
Sep 15 - 10:04 PM

Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday, earning his 30th save of the season.

Holland, working for the first time in 10 days, showed no signs of rust in the outing, needing just 10 pitches to dispatch of the Twins. It's the third straight season Holland has reached the 30-save plateau, although 2015 has easily been the worst of the three. Holland owns a 3.73 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through 41 innings this year.
Sep 8 - 11:01 PM

Greg Holland (arm) yielded two runs on three hits in his return to the mound on Wednesday.

Holland had been unavailable for several days due to what Royals manager Ned Yost has called a "cranky" arm. Chances are he's probably fine, but his struggles Wednesday could suggest that maybe he's not totally healthy.
Aug 28 - 8:40 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said that Greg Holland (arm) will likely be available to pitch Wednesday.

Wade Davis got another save on Tuesday in place of Holland, who hasn't been available for a few days due to what Yost has called a "cranky" arm. It's not a major concern, as the Royals are just being careful given their big division lead.
Aug 26 - 12:03 AM

Greg Holland might be unavailable to pitch Monday due to what Royals manager Ned Yost referred to as a "cranky" pitching arm.

The skipper didn't divulge any more details, but it doesn't seem like something to be overly concerned with at the moment. Holland hasn't been his usual dominant self this season, posting a 3.55 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 44/23 K/BB ratio over 38 innings. Wade Davis will handle the ninth inning until Holland is ready.
Aug 24 - 5:24 PM

Greg Holland earned his 28th save of the season in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Red Sox, though it came with a hit allowed and a walk.

Holland wasn't even going to pitch in the game, as the Royals entered the ninth holding a 6-2 lead. Kelvin Herrera put a pair of runners on base, though, which forced the team to bring their closer into the fold. Holland allowed an RBI single to Xander Bogaerts and subsequently walked David Ortiz to load the bases before inducing a Travis Shaw fly ball to end the game. Phew. The right-hander is 28-for-32 in save opportunities while pitching to a 3.55 ERA and 44/23 K/BB ratio over 38 innings.
Aug 22 - 11:20 PM

Greg Holland struck out the side in Friday's 4-1 win over the Angels, earning his 26th save of the season.

Holland struck out the first two batters in the ninth inning before allowing a single to David Murphy. And that just wouldn't do, as he proceeded to strike out Kole Calhoun to send the Rally Monkey back into hiding. Holland is 26-for-30 in save chances while pitching to a 4.04 ERA and 42/21 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings. The numbers are not what you want to see out of your closer, but Holland has enough leash that it would probably take an implosion to lose the role.
Aug 15 - 12:57 AM

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