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Kelvin Herrera returns to Royals bullpen after six-game suspension

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (40) throws during Wednesday's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on May 6, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (40) throws during Wednesday's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on May 6, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Star

On Wednesday the Royals finally emerged from the wave of suspensions that overran the club in April, as Kelvin Herrera finished his six-game ban.

Herrera was available for manager Ned Yost as the Royals played the Rangers. The club sought his presence, as closer Greg Holland was unlikely to be used. Holland pitched in three of the previous four games, including a 30-pitch outing on Sunday and a two-inning stint on Tuesday.

Herrera is the last Royal to complete a suspension. Yordano Ventura served a seven-game ban and Edinson Volquez served five. Lorenzo Cain missed two.

Herrera was suspended for his involvement in two separate incidents in April. He threw behind Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie on April 18. The wayward fastball occurred when both clubs had received warnings. Herrera was suspended for five games after his ejection.

Herrera was also penalized for engaging in the team’s brawl with the White Sox on April 23. He appealed this two-game suspension and had it cut down to one.

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