Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera faced just one batter before leaving Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday with forearm discomfort, but an MRI taken Friday showed only a slight flexor strain and the hard-throwing right-hander should be available in Game 3 on Sunday.
According to Kathleen Gier of the Kansas City Star, Herrera played catch Saturday with pitching coach Dave Eiland and reported feeling better. Asked whether there is a backup plan for setup duties in case Herrera can’t go Sunday night, Royals manager Ned Yost said plainly, “We haven’t even thought about that because that’s not going to be a necessity.”
Herrera typically gets the seventh inning in games the Royals are leading. He had an outstanding 1.41 ERA in 70 appearances during the regular season and can now help pitch Kansas City into the ALCS.
The Royals are up 2-0 in their best-of-five with the AL West-champion Angels.