The Kansas City Royals will be without their closer Greg Holland for the remainder of the season as it was revealed that he has a significant tear in his UCL which will more than likely require Tommy John surgery.

Because of the surgery, this will likely cause Holland to miss the entire 2016 season. In addition, this may cause the Royals to non-tender Holland who is arbitration eligible after this season. He is scheduled to visit a doctor in Los Angeles next week.

He had already lost his job to counterpart Wade Davis who was named closer earlier this week in addition to a dip in his velocity. He had maintained most of his velocity until a severe drop in the last month.

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Manager Ned Yost said that Holland initially suffered the injury back in 2014, but pitched through the playoffs and the entire season with the injured elbow. He insisted to pitch through the injury and until last month, was holding out for an MRI before he finally gave in to the training staff.

Holland, 29, is tied for sixth in the American League with 32 saves this year and is 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 48 appearances with Kansas City in 2015.

Holland was a key piece of the vaunted Royals bullpen to go along with Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera, but now Kansas City will have to manage without Holland who has struggled lately.

He was a key piece of the American League Championship and World Series run a season ago and was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason. There is a good chance that he has pitched his last game for the Royals.

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