Royals pitcher Greg Holland to have Tommy John surgery

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday, reports Jeffrey Flanagan of

Manager Ned Yost said last week that Holland would miss the rest of the season with a “significant” tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Holland had a 3.83 ERA this year with 32 saves as he helped the Royals earn their first division title since 1985. Many of his stats were career-worsts, however, and Holland had admitted to dealing with discomfort in his elbow since last season.

Wade Davis, who was a first-time All Star this year, has taken over the closer’s duties in Holland’s absence. In three opportunities since Holland was shut down, Davis has earned a save and a win and allowed just one run. He has a career-best 0.97 ERA in 66 appearances with 14 saves this season.

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