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  1. Greg Holland begins rehab assignment at Double-A

    May 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Out since April 21 with what the Royals termed a left rib stress reaction, Greg Holland began a minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A yesterday. Holland allowed one run in one inning, throwing 19 pitches, and thanks to technology Royals manager Ned Yost watched the outing live on MiLB.tv. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the…

  2. Orioles, Rangers have best bullpen ERAs so far

    May 8, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson

    Baltimore’s surprising start owes a lot to the relievers, who have gone 8-2 with a remarkable 1.54 ERA in 99 2/3 innings to date. Here’s the list of ERAs for every major league bullpen to date: 1. Orioles – 1.54 2. Rangers – 2.02 3. Yankees – 2.31 4. Reds – 2.34 5. Athletics –…

  3. Royals sticking with Jonathan Broxton as closer

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Ned Yost took his time announcing that Jonathan Broxton and not Greg Holland would replace the injured Joakim Soria as closer, but the Royals manager wasted no time making it clear that he’s sticking with Broxton in the ninth-inning role despite an ugly blown save Wednesday. Broxton walked two batters, hit two more, and allowed…

  4. Jonathan Broxton melts down, blows game in 12th

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jemile Weeks, Brayan Pena

    Jonathan Broxton struck out the side Sunday to earn his first save for the Royals. His outing Wednesday didn’t go so well. After Oakland’s Seth Smith reached on an Alcides Escobar error in the 12th, Broxton walked two batters and hit two more to take a blown save and a loss in a 5-4 game.…

  5. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

  6. Robin Ventura still hasn’t named the White Sox’s closer

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    Now that the Royals have officially picked Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria‘s replacement nearly every team has named their closer, but one holdout is the guy with the least managing experience in the bunch (which is to say no managing experience). Robin Ventura played coy with the media yesterday, refusing to disclose his closer while…

  7. Royals name Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria’s replacement

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton Royals

    After staying mum on the topic for the past couple of weeks, Royals manager Ned Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star this afternoon that Jonathan Broxton will replace Joakim Soria as the team’s closer. This announcement doesn’t come a big surprise. Sure, Broxton has that “proven closer” tag which managers seem to…

  8. Two weeks after Joakim Soria’s surgery the Royals still haven’t named a closer

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Royals manager Ned Yost declined to name a fill-in closer after news that Joakim Soria would miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and two weeks later he’s still yet to identify the ninth-inning replacement. It’ll either be former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton or second-year setup man Greg Holland, but according to Bob…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  10. Joakim Soria needs season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria got second and third opinions after being diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and they all agreed, so the 27-year-old Royals closer will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on April 3. Typically recovery timetables are 12-18 months, so Soria will miss the entire season and could be limited in early 2013 as…

  11. Royals undecided on Jonathan Broxton or Greg Holland as Joakim Soria closer replacement

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Regardless of whether Joakim Soria is able to rest and rehab his damaged ulnar collateral ligament or undergoes season-ending Tommy John surgery the Royals will need a new closer. Free agent signing Jonathan Broxton is the obvious replacement because of his previous experience in the role, but Greg Holland was great as a rookie setup…

  12. Second opinion confirms Joakim Soria’s ligament damage, Tommy John surgery looms

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria moved one step closer to Tommy John surgery, as a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum confirmed the initial diagnosis of a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Soria is “taking a few days off to consider options” following the second opinion, but adds that surgery…

  13. Royals move Aaron Crow back to bullpen following Joakim Soria’s elbow injury

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    So much for Aaron Crow‘s transition from reliever to starter. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have decided to cancel those plans and move Crow back to the bullpen following Joakim Soria‘s elbow injury. Soria was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and might be headed for Tommy John…

  14. Royals closer Joakim Soria has damaged elbow ligament

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria‘s fears were justified, as an MRI exam on his injured elbow revealed ulnar collateral ligament damage. No word yet on the extent of the damage, but torn UCLs are what lead to Tommy John surgeries and 12-month recoveries. Soria has actually already had Tommy John surgery, way back in 2003 when he was…

  15. Joakim Soria is worried about his elbow

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Royals closer Joakim Soria left yesterday’s game against the Indians due to some elbow soreness.  Afterwards, he said that he’s pretty worried about it: “Oh, yeah, I’m worried,” he admitted. “Since I’ve had my Tommy John surgery (in 2003), I’ve never had anything like that. I don’t feel it’s that bad because before the Tommy…

  16. Joakim Soria leaves game with sore elbow

    Mar 18, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Royals closer Joakim Soria was forced from his appearance Sunday against the Indians by elbow soreness, the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports. Soria retired just one of the five batters he faced before departing and was charged with three runs. It was the third time in three spring appearances that he gave up at…

  17. A tribute to Hideki Okajima, the 17th best reliever of all-time

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Well, by one measure anyway. After failing his physical with the Yankees, Hideki Okajima returned to Japan over the weekend, signing with the Softbank Hawks. He’ll bring with him the 17th best ERA+ among all major league relievers to throw at least 200 innings: 1. Mariano Rivera – 206 2. Takashi Saito – 199 3.…

  18. Pitching coach Bob McClure ready to “kick ass and win” in Boston

    Dec 26, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    mcclure getty wide

    Hired as the Red Sox’s new pitching coach last week, Bob McClure said during a radio interview yesterday that his philosophy is to “kick ass and win” in Boston. McClure also said that he likes the idea of Daniel Bard coming into spring training with plans to compete for a rotation spot, because switching back…

  19. The Red Sox inquired about Royals’ closer Joakim Soria

    Dec 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    soria wide getty

    The Red Sox acquired right-hander Mark Melancon from the Astros earlier this week, but they aren’t done upgrading the back-end of their bullpen. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, they have spoken to the Royals about the availability of closer Joakim Soria. Talks have failed to progress thus far, as Kansas City is seeking at…

  20. The Royals are interested in James Shields, but it would cost them

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:06 PM EDT

    james shields getty

    We mentioned earlier tonight that the Royals have interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez as they look to upgrade their starting rotation, but Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports that they have also expressed interest in Rays right-hander James Shields. However, the asking price is high. Really high. According to Chastain, the Rays want closer Joakim…

  21. A “buyer’s market” for relievers? Really?

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    soria wide getty

    A sentence from Buster Olney’s column this morning stuck out like a glowing, radioactive thumb: The Royals fully expect to open next season with Joakim Soria as their closer — which makes sense, because to offer up Soria now would be to try to extract value in the middle of a buyers’ market for relievers. There are…

  22. Broxton will be the setup man in Kansas City; Aaron Crow will go to the rotation

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    When the Royals’ signing of Jonathan Broxton was announced this morning, the reaction of most people was “wait, isn’t the Kansas City bullpen kind of crowded already?”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  But it won’t be going forward because Dayton Moore was just on the radio and said that Joakim Soria will remain the closer,…

  23. Report: Jonathan Broxton to sign with the Royals

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals and Jonathan Broxton have agreed to a one-year deal.  It’s done pending a physical. UPDATE: Heyman says it’s a $4 million deal. A physical isn’t purely academic in Broxton’s case given that he’s coming off elbow surgery — and you have to figure the doctor is going to yell…

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