The Royals reinstated left-handed reliever Brian Flynn from the 60-day disabled list Monday and optioned him to Class AAA Omaha. To create space on the 40-man roster, the club placed starter Nathan Karns on the 60-day disabled list.
The procedural roster maneuvering, which came as the Royals prepare to open a three-game series in Detroit, allowed the team to preserve inventory on its 40-man roster. The Royals have a full 40-man roster and will need to make another corresponding move to clear space when Karns returns.
On the disabled list since May 21, Karns is eligible to return on July 20. He was unlikely to rejoin the roster before then after being slow to return from a forearm issue that surfaced on May 19 during a start in Minnesota. After experiencing lingering tightness, Karns was shut down for a week before beginning a throwing program last week. He will likely need weeks to build his arm strength back up.
Flynn had been on the 60-day disabled list since sustaining a broken rib and three nondisplaced fractures in his vertebrae in a scary fall before spring training. He fell 12 feet while replacing roofing panels on his barn at home in Oklahoma in the days before leaving for Surprise, Ariz.
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He began a 30-day rehab assignment at Class AAA Omaha on May 27. Flynn has logged a 10.95 ERA in 12 1/3 innings, allowing five homers and 15 earned runs. He’s also struck out 14 against just two walks. He’ll continue working out of the bullpen in Omaha.
Starting rotation will need help on Saturday
Matt Strahm is set to make his third start on Tuesday as the Royals open a three-game series against the Tigers in Detroit. The club, however, will require an extra starter on Saturday when it plays a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
Ian Kennedy and Jakob Junis will start the second and third games in Detroit. Jason Vargas will start Friday against the Twins. That leaves right-hander Jason Hammel to start one game against the Twins on Saturday. The club could use the 26th-man rule to recall left-hander Eric Skoglund to start the other game.
Skoglund started Monday night for Omaha at Colorado Springs. He would be on regular rest Saturday.