Royals closer Greg Holland threw 15 pitches off a mound on Tuesday in his first bullpen session since straining his right pectoral muscle, manager Ned Yost said.
Holland is eligible to leave the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Yost indicated Holland could be ready by then, in the best-case scenario.
“That’s the hope, but I’m not sure,” Yost said. “We’re going to just have to see where we’re at with that. but that’s definitely the hope. And if not, not too far behind it.”
If Holland returns early next week, the Royals would receive some bullpen depth to cover the expected loss of Kelvin Herrera to suspension. Herrera faces a five-game ban for throwing behind Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie and a two-game ban for participating in the White Sox brawl.
Herrera has appealed his suspension, and is expected to litigate it until the process ends. Edinson Volquez dropped his appeal and accepted his five-game suspension on Monday. Yordano Ventura could pursue a similar tack and begin his seven-game penalty after starting against Cleveland on Wednesday.