Left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn is out eight weeks with a broken rib after falling through the roof of his barn. That would mean he will have to start the regular season on the disabled list. The 26-year old had a breakout season last year, posting a 2.60 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 55 1⁄3 innings. His injury may have factored into the Royals pursuing left-hander Travis Wood, who they signed yesterday.
Ned Yost also said that left-handers Mike Minor and Matt Strahm will prepare as relievers this year, with Wood possibly joining them as left-handers in the bullpen. They join Kelvin Herrera, Joakim Soria, and likely Chris Young as relievers. Veterans Al Alburquerque, Bobby Parnell, Jonathan Sanchez, Chris Withrow, and Seth Maness will also try to make the bullpen as well as rookies Kevin McCarthy, Scott Alexander, and Andrew Edwards.
If Flynn is placed on the 60-day disabled list, it would open up a 40-man roster spot for Travis Wood, who has not yet been officially placed on the roster. However, a player placed on the 60-day disabled list must be out for at least 60 days during the regular season.