UPDATE: Greg Holland has a “significant” UCL tear


UPDATE: Ned Yost just spoke to the media and now all of the uncertainty seems gone. Yost says Holland has “a significant” UCL tear, which almost certainly means he’s headed for Tommy John surgery.

This will cause him to miss all of 2016 in all likelihood. And may cause the Royals to non-tender the arbitration-eligible Holland after this season. It’s the worst possible news at the worst possible time for all involved.

4:28 PM: He already lost his velocity and his job as closer, and there were already serious concerns about whether or not he’d pitch again to begin with. But now it’s official: Royals reliever Greg Holland has been shut down for the year.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported that and further reports that Holland will have his right elbow examined by a Dr. Neal ElAttrache next week in Los Angeles. ElAttrache is not as famous as Dr. Andrews, but he has previously treated Zack Greinke, Kobe Bryant and many, many other athletes. And, yes, he could potentially diagnose a torn ligament requiring Tommy John surgery, which would out Holland on the shelf for all of 2016.

The Royals still have a strong bullpen and can weather the loss of their closer better than a lot of teams can, but this is still awful news for them. And for Holland.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).