TORONTO -- Royals closer Wade Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to the Blue Jays because of a forearm strain. But Davis said after the game that his level of concern was minimal.
"I think it's going to be fine," Davis said. "It's just a muscle that tightened up and didn't go away after a couple of days. But with some time off, I think it'll be fine."
With a 1.01 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP and an 11.5 K/9 rate since the outset of 2014, Davis -- even if out for a brief time -- will be missed by fantasy owners. Although Davis' ninth-inning fill-in is not yet known, Kansas City has two relievers -- Kelvin Herrera (1.40 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 11.4 K/9 rate in 2016) and Joakim Soria (career 203 saves, 2.62 ERA) -- with the skills to get the job done. While fantasy owners would be wise to add both men right away, the guess here is that Herrera gets the first save chance and emerges as a top-tier stopper until Davis returns.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.