St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals activate Holland, send Mayers to Memphis

The St. Louis Cardinals Monday activated closer Greg Holland from Class A Palm Beach.
The St. Louis Cardinals Monday activated closer Greg Holland from Class A Palm Beach. AP

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday that they have recalled closer Greg Holland from his extended spring training stay in Palm Beach, Fla.

The Cardinals signed the National League leader in saves leader from last season to a one-year free-agent contract worth a reported $14 million March 30. Holland pitched two scoreless innings for the high-Class A Palm Beach Cardinals.

To make room on the roster, the team optioned right-handed reliever Mike Mayers to Class AAA Memphis. Mayers, 26, was a surprise addition to the opening day roster after allowing just two earned runs in 13 spring innings. He's been used sparingly as a member of manager Mike Matheny's eight-man bullpen, however, pitching just two innings in the team's first nine games.

Holland, 32, pitched for the NL wild card-qualifying Colorado Rockies in 2017 after spending his first six major-league seasons with the Kansas City Royals.

The three-time All-Star saved 41 games in 2017, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Kenley Jansen for the NL lead. He tied the Rockies franchise single-season saves record.

Holland has a career record of 21-18 with a 2.60 ERA in 370 career appearances covering 377 innings with 500 strikeouts. He has converted 186 saves in 206 opportunities.

In 2017, Holland was named NL Comeback Player of the Year and also earned NL Relief Pitcher of the Month for April and May, converting 19 of 19 saves and his first 23 saves, not recording a blown save until June 15.

Holland will wear uniform No. 56.