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Royals prospect Sean Manaea held out of workout with abdominal issue

Kansas City Royals pitcher Sean Manaea threw during a spring-training workout last week in Surprise, Ariz.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Sean Manaea threw during a spring-training workout last week in Surprise, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

Sean Manaea, one of the best pitching prospects in Kansas City’s farm system, was held out of Friday’s workout due to a minor abdominal issue.

Manaea indicated the discomfort was minimal, and the team’s training staff had told him it was not a long-term concern. The Royals would like to avoid a serious intercostal or oblique injury, which can often require a month of rest.

Manaea added about 30 pounds during the offseason. He lived at an apartment near the complex here and dedicated himself to his conditioning.

A first-round pick in 2013, Manaea experienced a slow start last season. But he changed gears in the second half and finished with a 1.45 ERA after July.

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