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MRI reveals ligament damage for Tim Collins

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Tommy John surgery is a possibility.

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

An MRI performed on Royals reliever Tim Collins revealed ligament damage according to the Star's Randy Covitz. Collins left yesterday's exhibition game against Texas after just a few batters due to discomfort. The Royals will seek a second opinion.

Damage to the ulnar collateral ligament usually requires Tommy John surgery, which would keep Collins out for the entire 2015 season. Among the pitchers that have recovered from Tommy John surgery include Danny Duffy, Luke Hochevar, Kris Medlen, Joakim Soria, and John Lamb. The time-table typically requires a pitcher to be out 12-15 months.

The 25-year old left-hander had a 3.86 ERA in 21 innings for the Royals in 2014, after spending much of the season in Omaha due to ineffectiveness. He bounced back to finish strong in September upon his return to Kansas City, and made the post-season roster. The Royals are scheduled to pay Collins $1.475 million this year.