MRI confirms hip flexor strain for Lance Lynn

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Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn made an early exit from Sunday’s Grapefruit League start and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that an MRI today confirmed a left hip flexor strain.

The good news is that the injury is not expected to impact Lynn’s availability for the start of the season. However, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said it will likely be a few days before he returns to his regular routine. The expectation is that he’ll need at least one side session before getting back into game action.

Lynn is coming off an excellent season in which he posted a 2.74 ERA and 181/72 K/BB ratio in 203 2/3 innings across 33 starts.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.