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Kelvin Herrera has ‘slight’ flexor strain and is unavailable for Friday’s game

Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (40) threw to one batter in the seventh inning and left Thursday’s ALDS game against the Angels in Anaheim, Calif.
Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (40) threw to one batter in the seventh inning and left Thursday’s ALDS game against the Angels in Anaheim, Calif. The Kansas City Star

An MRI of Kelvin Herrera’s right forearm showed he has a “slight” flexor strain, manager Ned Yost says.

Herrera will not be available for Friday’s second game of the American League Divsion Series. He will be re-evaluate on Saturday.

Herrera left Thursday’s game because of tightness in his right forearm. He walked the only batter he faced in the seventh inning due to a lack of feeling in two of his fingers. The tests on Friday will determine the severity of his injury.

“I’m hoping that comes out good,” Herrera said. “I don’t think I have anything bad. Just a tight forearm.”

If the Royals place Herrera on the disabled list and activate another reliever, Herrera would have to sit out the entire American League Championship Series. Kansas City is still far from reaching that stage, even after capturing the first game against Anaheim on Thursday.

Herrera is the first prong of the team’s three-headed bullpen fulcrum, with Wade Davis and Greg Holland usually handling the eighth and ninth. The team could promote Brandon Finnegan or Danny Duffy to handle Herrera’s load.

Manager Ned Yost had little information to relay to reporters after the game.

“Herrera suffered some mild forearm stiffness, so we’re going to reevaluate it tomorrow,” Yost said. “We didn’t want to take a chance tonight with the first game of the series. We didn’t want to damage it any further, so we’ll reevaluate it tomorrow and see where we’re at.”

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