The first day of workouts in Surprise, Arizona for the KC Royals ended with some strange news. Lefty Brian Flynn, who was expected to battle for a bullpen spot, will miss around eight weeks. That wasn’t the strange news. The strange part was how Flynn got hurt.
The 6’7, 240 pound pitcher fell through the roof on his barn while he was trying to fix it prior to heading to camp. Flynn broke a rib and had a few non-displaced fractures of his vertebrae. That means that he will miss all of spring training.
It opens the door wider for fellow lefties Matt Strahm and Mike Minor. Manager Ned Yost said yesterday that these two will be stretched out as starters during camp, but are being looked at as relievers to help the big league club.
The Royals have made the Travis Wood signing official. Jon Heyman reports that the contract breaks down like this: $4 million for this season, $6.5 million for next season, and an $8 million mutual option for 2019 with a $1.5 million buyout. Wood will receive $1 million in starting pitching incentives in each season. They placed Flynn on the 60-day DL to make room for Wood.
- Double-A NW Arkansas is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a season ten team. Fans can vote online for one player at each position (including a utility player and a DH) along with three outfielders. You can also vote for three relievers and four starting pitchers.
- In need of some reading this morning? Check out some articles on former Royals battling for spots this spring:
Alec Mills and how the Cubs got their starting pitching depth Wrigleyville (BP)
Angels starting pitcher candidates for 2017: the rest of the rest Halos Heaven (SB Nation)