Top Posts

Rockies manager Black: If Greg Holland’s healthy, ‘heads up’

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland (56) celebrates a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Holland signed with the Colorado Rockies in the 2016 offseason. Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Just a couple of years ago, Greg Holland ranked among the elite relievers in all of the MLB.

After back-to-back All-Star seasons in 2013 and 2014 — in which he saved more than 45 games for the Kansas City Royals — Holland had a strong 2015, but fell off a bit with a ligament tear in his pitching elbow.

In early October of that season, the Royals shut down Holland, who’d undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow.

He’d miss not only Kansas City’s World Series run later that month but all of the 2016 season.

But now, 15 months removed from the procedure, the newest member of the Colorado Rockies bullpen appears to be back to his All-Star form.

“If he’s healthy, heads up,” said Rockies skipper Bud Black, who’s also in his first year with the team.

Black, speaking with 104.3 The Fan’s “Schlereth and Evans” on Wednesday, said Holland’s in a great place both mentally and physically and feels great.

“Talking to Greg, he feels as though where he is now is where he was a few years ago prior to the elbow starting to give him difficulty,” Black said.

Holland’s hit every marker and progressed through his rehabilitation timeline, Black said, and the team will monitor him during the next six weeks.

“We feel as though if he continues on this path and goes through spring training as we get pitchers in shape, he’ll be ready for Milwaukee.  He’ll be ready,” Black said. “We don’t anticipate any need to slow him down in regard to not being ready for Opening Day.”

And couple Holland with the Jake McGee and Adam Ottavino, both of whom had Tommy John surgery previously in their careers, and recently acquired Mike Dunn, the Rockies could have a formidable foursome coming out of the ‘pen.

“We like the back end of our bullpen with those four guys for sure,” Black said.

Follow digital content producer Johnny Hart on Twitter: @JohnnyHart7.


Schlereth and Evans

Spend your morning tapping into the wealth of sport knowledge from three-time Super Bowl champion and former Broncos offensive lineman Mark "Stink" Schlereth and longtime Denver sports radio voice Mike Evans. Schlereth spent 12 seasons in the NFL, earning two trips to the Pro Bowl and winning a Super Bowl with the Redskins and two with the Broncos. He's also a longtime NFL analyst for ESPN and supporting cast member of "Ballers" on HBO. Evans has graced the sports radio airwaves for two decades, 15 years in Denver. He's a proud graduate of Syracuse University.

Cecil Lammey

Inject your morning routine with great football discussion and analysis with Fan Broncos Insider Cecil Lammey. Cecil is one of the nations most respected football analysts, gets you the inside scoop from reports from the Broncos UCHealth Training Center to college football all-star games (East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl) to the NFL combine and draft. Hes an authority on NFL prospects from across the country. He is also a senior writer for You can follow Cecil on Twitter @cecillammey.

Sandy Clough

Let Sandy Clough, one of the most recognizable voices in Denver sports radio, guide you through your work day every weekday leading into the afternoon. Sandy's been the authority in sports radio for nearly four decades in Denver. No other show will give you the insight and experience that Sandy provides.

Stokley and Zach

Kick off your afternoon with Stokley and Zach, featuring two-time Super Bowl champion Brandon Stokley and radio veteran Zach Bye. Stokley earned his two NFL titles with the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts and spent two stints with the Denver Broncos. Bye hails from the Empire State and is the former voice of the University of Albany Great Danes football, basketball and lacrosse programs. Follow them on Twitter: @bstokley14 and @byesline.

The Drive with Big Al and D-Mac

Big Al and DMac help you get through the end of your day with the best afternoon sports radio talk show in Denver. DMac is a 1991 graduate of Syracuse University and has covered Colorado sports for The Fan since 2008. Alfred Williams, a College Football Hall of Famer, won the 1990 Butkus Award and was the captain for that year's consensus National Champion University of Colorado squad. He played nine years in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.

Morning Brew

Each morning at 6:30, get your day started right as Schlereth and Evans serves up The Morning Brew. Mark Schlereth and Mike Evan take you around the world of sports, taking in and breaking down the top stories of the day. So tune in to get your fix before you head out into the world for the day. Brought to you every morning by McDonalds.

Terry Wickstrom Outdoors

Terry Wickstrom, the authority in everything outdoors, talks fishing, hunting, camping and more every Saturday morning.rnWickstrom, host of the popular television show "Angling Adventures" and previously "Mountain States Fishing," is a nationally published outdoor author, an accomplished multi-species angler, and has served on the "pro staff" of many top fishing industry companies.rn

In The Fairway

Jerry Walters and Cousin Ray Best provide up-to-the-minute details about golf in Colorado, rules and all the professional tours. The Boys of Summer interview the biggest names in golf every Saturday mornings throughout the golf season.

About the Author

Johnny Hart

Johnny Hart is a digital content producer for Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan and He's a proud graduate of Colorado State University, and he has covered Denver-area professional sports since 2012. Follow Johnny on Twitter: @johnnyhart7.