Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday.
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.
- Erin Flynn