Royals place Holland on disabled list

Holland is 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals placed All-Star closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a pectoral strain.

“I tried to pitch through it,” Holland told the Kansas City Star. “I just didn’t feel good and it didn’t get any better when I was done throwing.” Holland initially had discomfort a week ago and then underwent an MRI on Saturday.

He has been dominant over the past two seasons, recording a 1.21 ERA, 47 saves and 103 strikeouts in 67 innings in 2013, followed by a 1.44 ERA, 46 saves and 90 strikeouts in 62.1 innings last season, solidifying the ninth inning for a Royals team that won the American League pennant last season.

Wade Davis, who has served as Holland’s setup man, will be given the first opportunity to replace him in save situations. Davis went 9-2 with a 1.00 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 72 innings last season, but he has only three saves in his career.