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 right-hander’s fastball topped out at 94-95 miles per hour, and both Holland and Yost seemed generally pleased with how things went.
Once he’s ready Holland will return to a setup role in front of closer Jonathan Broxton, who beat him out for ninth-inning duties after Joakim Soria went down in spring training. He had a 1.80 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 60 innings setting up Soria as a rookie last season.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.