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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Royals Injury Updates: Tim Collins, Francisley Bueno

By on 4/23/2014 03:00:00 PM

The Kansas City Royals continue their four-game series in Cleveland tonight with the series split after two games.  The Royals will hand the ball to Jason Vargas (2-0) as he takes on the ace of the Indians staff, Justin Masterson (0-0).  The Royals have had a solid bullpen as far as ERA goes, sitting fifth in the American League (3.42) but there's help on the way to make the numbers even better.  And we have updates on two of those pitchers.

Tim Collins
Collins was a stud in the Royals bullpen last season, seeing action in 66 games and pitching 53.1 innings.  He was being relied on this season to continue that success but a flexor strain in his left elbow forced a move to the DL.  Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports an update:
"After throwing 24 pitches in a simulated game, Royals reliever Tim Collins reported no signs of lingering soreness with the flexor strain in his left elbow. He could be sent on a rehabilitation assignment in the minors this weekend."
Very good news for Collins.  Provided he felt good this morning, he'll likely be sent to the minor leagues for a couple rehab games and could re-join the bullpen as early as next week.  That's a best case scenario.  In reality, he's probably looking at another two weeks before he returns to Kansas City.

Francisley Bueno
Bueno didn't see much time in Kansas City last season, only appearing in seven games. He performed well then and in the spring, but an injury to his pinky finger on his left hand forced a DL move.  Andy McCullough updates his status as well:
"Francisley Bueno (bruised left pinky) was unable to pitch in a simulated game. But he did throw a bullpen session, Eiland said. Collins is considered closer to a return than Bueno."
Looks like Bueno still has a long road ahead of him before a potential return to the big leagues.  He'll likely need another week or two doing side sessions & bullpens before the Royals feel comfortable enough to send him out on a rehab assignment.

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