The Royals return to action after a much-needed off-day, but they won't get closer Greg Holland back tonight. Holland, eligible to come off the disabled list last Saturday, was expected to be activated today, but Ned Yost now says he will be activated tomorrow. Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right-pectoral strain back on April 18. He was a perfect four-for-four in save opportunities, without allowing a hit this season.
Andy McCullough reports right-fielder Alex Rios is about two weeks away from returning from a broken left pinky injury. Rios has yet to grab a baseball and is scheduled to begin hand exercises next week. He will likely go on a rehab assignment to the minors before being activated. The Royals placed Rios on the disabled list on April 14 after he was struck by a pitch thrown by Twins reliever J.R. Graham. Rios was hitting .321/.345/.464 with 1 HR 8 RBI through seven games.
Jeffrey Flanagan reports that shortstop Alcides Escobar may not be activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list when he is eligible to return on Thursday. Escobar would still need to clear concussion tests. Escobar was struck in the head by a pitch from Indians starter Danny Salazar back on April 29.