Wade Davis lands on the disabled list with a flexor strain

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The Royals placed closer Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 28, due to a flexor strain in his right elbow, the club announced on Sunday. Pitcher Matt Strahm has been recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

This is bad timing for the Royals, as Davis was drawing some trade interest leading up to Monday afternoon’s trade deadline. The Dodgers in particular were linked to Davis as recently as Thursday.

Davis landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained forearm and returned shortly after the All-Star break. That he’s back on the disabled list is obviously concerning. As pointed out at Rotoworld, flexor strains are often precursors to UCL issues.

In 33 2/3 innings this season, Davis recorded 21 saves with a 1.60 ERA and a 32/15 K/BB ratio. Compared to previous years, his strikeout rate is markedly down and his walk rate has ballooned as well.

Kelvin Herrera is expected to fill in at closer while Davis is sidelined. Davis is eligible to return on August 12.