In his first appearance of the season, Royals left-hander Brian Flynn allowed a run in 2 1/3 innings of relief before exiting with a groin injury in a 12-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Flynn was diagnosed with a Grade 1 groin strain. He could face a trip to the disabled list.
“It’s rough,” Flynn said. “I missed it, man.”
Flynn was recalled from Class AAA Omaha on Monday while left-hander Eric Skoglund was optioned back to the minors. He was pitching in his first major-league game of the season after sustaining a serious back injury in a barn accident before spring training.
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Flynn exited his last minor-league outing at Omaha with groin issues. He said on Monday that those issues may have been more serious than he initially thought.
“This one was less,” Flynn said. “But they think the earlier one might have been a little worse than we thought it was.”