Greg Holland should be back and available tonight against the White Sox. Photo: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Royals Welcome Greg Holland Back Saturday

After two strong rehab appearances in Northwest Arkansas, Greg Holland was reactivated from the DL today. According to Bob Dutton, Holland traveled with the big league team Friday for their first series against the Chicago White Sox.

Nate Adcock was optioned to Omaha to make room for him.

Vin Mazzaro was called up from Omaha earlier in the week, and after an eight pitch inning last night in relief and could be in line for a spot start while Jonathan Sanchez is on the DL and could get work as a long reliever while Luke Hochevar is struggling. Luis Mendoza is around for those duties as well, but he’s out of options. I thought Adock would be a better option to stick around, but he’ll rejoin Omaha’s rotation.

In his absence, the Royals bullpen has had solid performances from Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera and others, but adding Holland, who may have been the best arm in the bullpen coming into the season, will give them another weapon.

Holland had been on the disabled list with a rib injury and his control suffered. In his last outing before going on the DL, he threw 22 pitches, but only seven for strikes against Toronto on April 20. That pushed his season ERA to 11.37 in 6.1 innings. He threw two innings in Northwest Arkansas, giving up one hit and striking out three, all in the first inning of the Naturals no-hitter on Thursday.

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