KC Royals closer Wade Davis is flying back to Kansas City from the team’s road trip to Texas to get an MRI on his elbow, according to Fox Sports reported Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal tweeted the news Saturday night:
Wade Davis had been the subject of many trade rumors, including potential deals with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals (before they landed Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday). This news that Davis his having elbow pain puts a damper on any potential trades before August 1, even if the MRI finds no damage.
Rumors began to swirl about Davis possibly being injured after his tough outing against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night in which he gave up two runs in the ninth inning of the KC Royals 7-5 victory. Mike Axisa of CBS Sports pointed out that Davis’ strikeout rate had crashed, his walks had increased, and that he had junked his cutter after a forearm strain earlier in July.
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Maybe, just maybe the Kansas City Royals are getting this exam because they are interested in dealing him (knowing that Davis will have to pass a medical exam upon a trade). Or, his arm is just hurting after throwing 33 pitches on Thursday night.
At this point, we don’t know. What we do know is that KC Royals general manager Dayton Moore’s options continue to get compromised by injury problems. Reliever Luke Hochevar‘s Throacic Outlet Syndrome diagnosis on Friday also took was the possibility of any potential trade as well has taking away another weapon from a potential late-season run.
As time goes on, it’s hard for even the defending World Champions to stave off the feeling that 2016 just isn’t the Kansas City Royals year.