Kansas City’s bullpen has an MLB-best 1.00 ERA this season and now the Royals are getting their stud closer back, with Greg Holland expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday.
Holland has been out since April 18 with a strained pectoral muscle and Wade Davis stepped into the closer role in his absence, saving five games with a 0.00 ERA.
Prior to being shut down Holland had thrown four scoreless innings, giving him a 2.16 ERA with 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 265 total appearances since debuting in 2010.
Nick Swisher has made it back from a pair of knee surgeries, coming off the disabled list to make his season debut tonight for the Indians. He’s starting at designated hitter and batting sixth against the Royals.
To make room on the roster Cleveland sent center fielder Tyler Holt back to Triple-A after calling him up last week. Holt is 26 years old and has posted nice on-base percentages in the minors, including a .421 mark in 78 games at Triple-A, but it may take the Indians totally souring on Michael Bourn for him to get an extended chance.
Swisher was terrible last season when he was healthy enough to play, hitting just .208 with a .608 OPS in 97 games at age 33, but the Indians owe him $15 million this year and $16 million in 2016.
Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is back from the disabled list after injuring his hand while showering the Pirates’ visitors clubhouse two weeks ago.
Gennett was off to a slow start, hitting just .207 with a .510 OPS through 10 games, but he’ll resume starting at second base for Milwaukee.
As far as silly injuries go slicing your hand open while reaching for some shampoo in the shower is pretty bad, but at least he only missed a couple weeks. And the Brewers went 6-8 with Gennett out, compared to 2-10 before his injury.