The initial schedule for Royals reliever Tim Collins called for a three-inning stint on Saturday with Class AAA Omaha. The organization decided to limit him to a 30-pitch maximum outing, with the hopes of recalling him for next week’s series in San Diego.
“He’ll be available Monday or Tuesday,” manager Ned Yost said on Saturday afternoon. “If we need him.”
Collins (strained left flexor tendon) has struck out 10 of the 14 batters he’s faced in three appearances. Yost mentioned some questions about his command – Collins walked a batter and hit another in a two-inning outing on Thursday – but the reason he has yet to be recalled relates more to the current composition of the bullpen.
With Danny Duffy working on a short leash on Saturday, Yost needed a long reliever. Thus the team recalled Aaron Brooks when they placed Bruce Chen on the disabled list on Friday.
“I need length,” Yost said. “I don’t need one inning. I need length.”