Collins has ligament damage

Thursday’s MRI on KC Royals lefty Tim Collins‘ elbow came back showing ligament damage. The team is seeking a second opinion.

royals st logoThis could be the second straight spring training that the Royals lose a bullpen member to Tommy John surgery (Luke Hochevar succumbed to the surgery in 2014).

I honestly did not think Collins deserved to be a favorite for one of the 2-3 open bullpen spots this spring, so let the competition begin:

  • Will the Royals thwart their long-term plan for rookie Brandon Finnegan and put him back in the bullpen?
  • Can 6’7 Brian Flynn earn a spot in the bullpen, despite being a starter?
  • Veteran Franklin Morales, who was signed to a minor league contract right before players reported to Surprise, will pitch for the first time this afternoon. Can he regain his Boston glory years with the Royals?
  • What about the funky Joe Paterson, who pitched well last season with Triple-A Reno in the Arizona organization?
  • Or what about one of the other non-roster invitees like Buddy Baumann, Chris Dwyer, and Scott Alexander?
  • Could the Royals find lightning in a bottle with John Lamb?

 

In other spring training news, second baseman Omar Infante was scratched from today’s lineup in Goodyear with soreness in his elbow. AGAIN. Brett Eibner took his spot in the lineup.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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