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Friday, October 3, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Kelvin Herrera to have MRI after early exit

By on 10/03/2014 02:45:00 PM

Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was able to face just one batter during Thursday night's Game One victory over the Los Angeles Angels, as he was forced out of the game with forearm tightness.'s T.R. Sullivan reports that Herrera was replaced by Brandon Finnegan after walking David Freese on five pitches. The right-hander told Sullivan that although he was experiencing numbness in his fingers, he didn't think the problem was serious, but he would still have an MRI on Friday:
"I feel pretty good. It's just a tight forearm; it makes my fingers feel like numb," Herrera said. "I'm going to have an MRI tomorrow. They probably don't want me to pitch tomorrow, but I think I'm going to be OK for Sunday."
Manager Ned Yost was non-committal when asked about the problem, saying the team 'didn't want to take a chance' and indicating that they would evaluate Herrera on Friday. Along with Wade Davis and Greg Holland, Herrera has helped to make the back end of the Royals' bullpen one of the most formidable in the league and it would certainly be a blow if he was forced to sit out for any significant period of time.

The early exit did not end up costing the Royals, as their bullpen shut down the Angels for the rest of the game, allowing them to record a 3-2 victory after Mike Moustakas' eleventh-inning blast. Los Angeles managed just one hit over the final five innings of the contest.

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