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Royals closer Greg Holland placed on disabled list with pectoral strain

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Greg Holland has been one of the game’s best relievers dating back to 2011, but the Royals will have to make due without him for a little while. The team announced this afternoon that Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

After posting a 1.44 ERA during the regular season last year and a 0.82 ERA over 11 appearances during the team’s postseason run, Holland had four scoreless appearances with four saves to begin this season.

Losing Holland hurts, but fortunately this is an area of depth for Kansas City. Wade Davis will presumably fill in for save chances.

Matt Holliday exits game with back tightness

St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds
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Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday exited Saturday’s game against the Reds after just one inning due to mid-back tightness.

Holliday doubled and scored a run in the bottom of the first before leaving the ballgame. Jon Jay moved over to left field to take his place while Peter Bourjos entered the game to play center field. The Cardinals are calling Holliday’s exit “precautionary,” so it’s probably safe to consider him day-to-day.

Holliday, 35, is batting .364/.476/.394 across his first 10 games this season.

Marlins claim left-hander Matt Tracy off waivers from Yankees

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have claimed left-hander Matt Tracy off waivers from the Yankees.

Tracy was called up after last Friday’s 19-inning marathon between the Red Sox and Yankees and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks over two innings in his lone appearance. He was designated for assignment the next day.

The 26-year-old Tracy owns a 3.81 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in the minors, primarily as a starter. He’ll provide some rotation depth in Triple-A at the very least.

Yunel Escobar to undergo MRI for groin injury

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies
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Yunel Escobar was forced to exit last night’s game due to a left groin injury and the team announced this morning that he will be sent for an MRI.

Escobar suffered the injury running down the first base line in the fourth inning last night. He’s convinced that it’s not a big deal and that he’ll be ready to go in a couple of days, but Nationals manager Matt Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that they’ll look at the test results before deciding on a possible disabled list stint.

“He says he feel OK,” manager Matt Williams said. “The results will tell us more, and we’ll be able to make a decision. Right now, we’re just waiting on him having that test.”

The Nationals are already without Anthony Rendon, so their infield depth is being tested in the early part of the season. Danny Espinosa is making the first start of his career at third base today while Dan Uggla is playing second base.

Escobar has been one of the Nationals’ best hitters thus far, batting .286/.362/.405 through 11 games.

Jonathan Schoop diagnosed with PCL tear and MCL sprain in right knee

poses on photo day at Ed Smith Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Sarasota, Florida.
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Rough news here for the Orioles, as Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been diagnosed with a right PCL injury (a Grade 1 tear) and an MCL sprain.

Schoop was taken out on a slide from Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval last night, but Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun notes that the injury actually happened when he stepped on first base awkwardly later on in the game. No word on the timeline for his return, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter is hopeful that he’ll return at some point this season.

Schoop was off to a nice start so far this season, batting .259 (7-for-27) with three home runs and a .940 OPS over nine games. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera will both start for the Orioles now, but they’ll compete for at-bats at second base once shortstop J.J. Hardy is ready to come off the disabled list.