Wade Davis will not be available for the Royals Saturday night against the Rangers as he is heading back to Kansas City for an MRI, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Davis has already had one stint on the disabled list this year for a forearm strain. The closer had one of his worst outings of the year on Wednesday against the Angels, giving up two hits, three walks, and two runs in an inning of work, throwing 33 pitches.
Davis had been on the trade block, attracting attention from both the Nationals and the Dodgers. The Nationals helped their bullpen problems today by acquiring Mark Melancon from the Pirates. Davis has a 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings this year and has converted 21 of 23 save opportunities. The Royals have a $10 million club option on Davis for 2017 with a $2.5 million buyout if they decline it.
The story actually broke with a Royals fan tweeting a photo of himself with Wade Davis on a flight to Kansas City, then tweeting that Davis told him he was headed back to see doctors.
@BLB_Chiefs pic.twitter.com/yMS0zw7aU7— Casey Jones (@CaseyJonesKC) July 30, 2016
Passan and Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal later confirmed Davis was headed back for an MRI.
Update: Royals confirm, Davis will get an MRI.
The Royals have just confirmed this https://t.co/YTPnfC2CyB— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) July 31, 2016