KC Royals Prospect Brian Flynn Out Three to Five Months

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There were not many position battles for the KC Royals during Spring Training. In fact, the most interesting one may have developed when Tim Collins required Tommy John surgery, as the Royals suddenly needed to find a left handed reliever. While Brian Flynn pitched well during his attempt to make the Opening Day roster, posting a 2.40 ERA and a 0.933 WHiP while striking out 14 batters in 15 innings, he was sent to Omaha to start the season.

It was thought that, if there was an injury to the bullpen, that Flynn would be one of the first options to be brought up. Unfortunately, that will not be the case, at least in the near future. After facing three batters, Flynn was removed from his first outing for the Storm Chasers due to injury, where it was revealed that he has a torn lat muscle and will be out for three to five months.

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Depending on how quickly Brian Flynn is able to recover, he may be able to still make his presence felt with the KC Royals this season. If he recovers in a three to four month time frame, Flynn could still potentially be a September call up and be a part of the expected playoff push.

This injury also comes at a truly unfortunate time for Flynn. The Royals had an opening in their bullpen due to the injury to Greg Holland, so Flynn could have served as a second left handed reliever. Instead, he will hopefully be able to come back by the middle of the summer.

Primarily a starter through his career, Flynn was transitioning to the bullpen with the Royals. He has had reasonable success in the minors, posting a 3.49 ERA and a 1.354 WHiP, striking out 428 batters in 520.2 innings of work. While those numbers are not spectacular, they are good enough where Flynn was considered to be the Royals 18th best prospect heading into the season according to MLB.com.

Hopefully, this ends up being a minor setback for Brian Flynn as he transitions into a relief role for the Royals. We may still see him in Kansas City by the end of the year if everything goes well.

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