Well, sure, Royals right-hander Greg Holland wants the ball in the ninth inning with the game on the line.

"Everyone in the bullpen wants to be a closer," he said, "but it's a process. Someday, obviously, I'd love to close. Right now, that's not my job. Whatever situation you pitch in, you just try to get the next guy out, stay healthy and let everything take its course."

Someday might be now.

The Royals suddenly find themselves in need of a closer in the wake of Joakim Soria's elbow injury. A follow-up examination Tuesday in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum, an elbow specialist, confirmed damage to Soria's ulnar collateral ligament.

Such damage often means Tommy John surgery, the reconstructive procedure that typically sidelines a pitcher for a year or more. While Soria is still weighing his options, he isn't likely to be closing out games at any point in the near future.