Royals non-tender former closer Greg Holland

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According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have non-tendered former closer Greg Holland. He is now free to sign with any team, though there’s already been talk of the injured reliever returning to KC on a two-year, incentives-driven contract.

Holland underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery at the end of the 2015 regular season and will miss all of 2016. But he should be 100 percent leading into the 2017 campaign and he registered a sparkling 1.86 ERA with 113 saves in 256 1/3 innings for the Royals between 2011-2014.

Wade Davis served as the Royals’ closer during their run to the 2015 World Series title and will open the 2016 season in that same role.

Kansas City also non-tendered infielder Orlando Calixte on Wednesday.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.