Left-handed reliever Tim Collins, who had an MRI on his elbow on Thursday, was detected to have damage in the ligament, and the Royals will have him seek a second opinion in the next week or so to see what steps to follow.
Collins was pulled from Wednesday’s exhibition opener when he experienced pain after facing four batters.
“There’s not much you can do about it,” Collins said. “Right now just do what the trainers want me to do, and get a second opinion and we’ll have some answers on my choices and where we’re going to go from there.”
“I knew there was something wrong, otherwise I wouldn’t have come out of the game.”
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Collins, 25, was 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA last season in 22 games. He also made four playoff appearances and had a 3.18 ERA. In 23 games at Class AAA Omaha, Collins was 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA.
Flynn makes impression
Left-hander Brian Flynn, who pitched the first two innings in the Royals’ 5-4 win over Texas on Thursday, impressed Royals manager Ned Yost.
Flynn, a 6-foot-7, 250-pounder from Wichita State acquired from Miami in the Aaron Crow trade, allowed two runs on three hits — though one was a nubber down the third-base line — and struck out two.
“Watching him in the intrasquad game and watching him in his first innings, he’s not a comfortable at-bat,” Yost said. “He’s a big, tall long-armed kid, and the ball gets on you. He’s tough against lefties, and he was tying up the righties too with a nasty slider.”
Duffy, Volquez on deck
Left-hander Danny Duffy is scheduled to start and throw the first two innings — or 35 pitches — on Saturday against Cincinnati at Surprise, and newcomer Edinson Volquez is scheduled to start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe.