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Poll: Who should be the Royals’ interim closer?

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost signaled for a reliever over starting pitcher Edinson Volquez during a game last month.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost signaled for a reliever over starting pitcher Edinson Volquez during a game last month. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It’s safe to say that Tuesday’s news about Royals closer Wade Davis heading to the disabled list caught people by surprise.

Davis won’t return until July 16 at the earliest, so who do you think should take his place as the closer?

Here are four serious candidates and one other:

Joakim Soria: He has 203 career saves. This season, Soria is 3-3 with one save and a 3.13 ERA. He has struck out 33 batters in 37 1/3 innings with a 1.232 WHIP.

Kelvin Herrera: An All-Star in 2015, he is 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings with a 0.853 WHIP.

Luke Hochevar: Struggled in Monday’s loss at Toronto, but Hochevar has a 1-1 record and a 3.38 ERA. He has 35 in 32 innings pitched.

Brooks Pounders: In his last 11 games out of the bullpen at Class AAA Omaha, he has a 2.70 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.

Drew Butera: Hey, he has a 0.00 ERA with a 9.0 strikeouts/9 innings ratio. (Actually, he’s here because I had to use a photo for the “other” category below)

 

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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