Holland held out of Tuesday’s save situation due to neck stiffness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The ninth inning of a three-run game is typically Greg Holland’s to throw — but not Tuesday night.

During Kansas City’s 3-0 win over Cincinnati, Holland did not enter for the save opportunity because of a stiff neck he awoke with in the morning. Instead, Wade Davis earned his seventh save of the season, with Kelvin Herrera taking care of the eighth inning.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday was the first time Holland felt a neck-related pain.

"Trainers worked on him throughout the game and it got better," Yost said. "We’ll see how it is tomorrow."

Holland spent time earlier this season on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right pectoral. He has not appeared in a game since Thursday in Texas.

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