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Royals Injury Update: Kelvin Herrera has minor flexor strain, awaiting MRI results

By on 10/04/2014 03:30:00 PM

The Kansas City Royals are awaiting the results of an MRI on reliever Kelvin Herrera 's right arm to see if he can remain on the active roster for the remainder of the American League Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels. Herrera left Thursday night's Game 1 with a mild flexor strain after 1.2 innings in which he allowed an earned run.

Andy McCoullough of the Kansas City Star said the Royals will reevaluate Herrera and await the results before making a decision.

CBS's Matt Snyder reports that Herrera could possibly return to action on Sunday night when the series moves to Kansas City for Game 3.

If Herrera cannot pitch, then manager Ned Yost has the option of replacing him on the active roster for the remainder of the series. However, Herrera then could not return until the American League Championship Series, which begins on Friday, October 10 -- should the Royals make it. It appears nearly certain they will since they have a 2-0 lead over Los Angeles in the best-of-five ALDS, but that is no guarantee against a powerhouse such as Los Angeles.

Herrera was 4-3 with a 1.41 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 70 appearances during the season. He did not allow a home run, which would bode well for the Royals to have him available for the duration of the postseason.

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