The Royals agreed to a contract with Collins on Monday. Collins torn the UCL early in spring training 2015 and underwent Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter. Although the 26-year-old southpaw missed the entire season and will likely miss a good portion of the upcoming campaign, he could factor into the Royals' bullpen, once he regains his health. In the wake of the signing, it was revealed that Collins inked a one-year, $1.475 million deal.
Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales and Paulo Orlando earned the last two spots on the Royals' Opening Day roster. The RHP Madson was a non-roster invitee who earned a spot with his spring performance. Madson had a 3.00 ERA in nine games, with two saves. LHP Morales was also a non-roster invitee. He went 2-0 in the spring with a 6.55 ERA. Orlando, an outfielder, earned the last position player spot. To set the roster, the Royals sent LHP Brian Flynn to Omaha and placed LHP Tim Collins and RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day DL.
Royals reliever Tim Collins underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery Wednesday after a second opinion of his injury revealed ligament damage in his elbow, per The Kansas City Star. Collins made just 22 relief appearances for Kansas City last season while dealing with inflammation in the flexor tendon of his elbow, going 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA. The left-handed hurler is 12-17 with a 3.54 ERA over four MLB seasons.
Royals reliever Tim Collins left the team Wednesday to head to Florida and seek a second opinion on his injured elbow from renowned specalist Dr. James Andrews, per MLB.com. Collins, who is in a fight for one of the team's last bullpen slots, underwent an MRI last week that revealed ligament damage. "We'll know as soon as today what to do with him," manager Ned Yost said.
Royals pitcher Tim Collins will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to receive a second opinion on his elbow, reports The Kansas City Star. Collins was recently diagnosed with ligament damage in his elbow.