It has been a tough year for Brian Flynn. And it just got tougher.
The 27-year old lefty got his season off to a dangerous start when he fell through the roof of his barn in February, causing him to break a rib and miss the first half of the season. Flynn was slow in his return to Omaha, but had pitched well the last few weeks and earned a promotion to Kansas City after Eric Skoglund was shelled in his start on Sunday.
But in his 2017 debut with the Royals, Flynn was injured before he ever entered the game. He was set to enter in the sixth inning of Monday’s game against the Rays, be re-aggravated a groin injury and had to be removed without throwing a pitch. Today, the Royals placed him on the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury.
Eric Skoglund returns, and could possibly re-join the rotation, although the Royals may decide to skip his turn and go with a four-man rotation with the off day on Thursday. Skoglund gave up seven runs in 1 1⁄3 innings on Sunday against the Indians, and has a 10.13 ERA for the year, giving up 13 runs in 4 2/3 innings since his exciting debut.
The Royals currently have eight pitchers on the disabled list - Flynn, Miguel Almonte, Trevor Cahill, Danny Duffy, Neftali Feliz, Nate Karns, Joakim Soria, and Kyle Zimmer.