Collins was sent to the Nationals' minor league camp Friday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. The former Royals reliever hasn't pitched at all since 2014, and Collins will have to continue his comeback from two Tommy John surgeries with Triple-A Syracuse.
Collins (elbow) signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. He has had two Tommy John surgeries and has not pitched since 2014. Collins is listed at 5-foot-7, yet the stuff was good enough that he was once a notable pitching prospect. If he comes into camp healthy, he could serve as organizational bullpen depth.
Collins (elbow) declined his outright assignment to Triple-A, electing free agency. He will be about a year removed from his second Tommy John surgery when the 2017 regular season rolls around. Collins is still just 27 and has had a fair amount of success in the majors, so he should be able to find work once healthy.
Collins (elbow) will have his second Tommy John surgery on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Collins tore a ligament in his elbow, causing this season-ending Tommy John surgery. He had his first surgery in the spring of 2015, and missed the entire season to recover. Given his age, he may make a full recovery and be able to come back around mid-2017.
Collins (elbow) was placed on the 60-day DL on Sunday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Collins was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his throwing elbow last week that will require season-ending Tommy John surgery, the second procedure he's required during his career. He missed the entire 2015 campaign while recovering from the first procedure.
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