Tim Collins out for the season after Tommy John surgery

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Royals left-hander Tim Collins underwent Tommy John elbow surgery Wednesday and will miss the entire season.

Collins missed time with elbow problems last season and exited his spring training debut with elbow tightness, which an MRI exam showed to be from ligament damage.

Collins has been very solid out of the Royals’ bullpen since debuting in 2011 as a 21-year-old, throwing 211 innings with a 3.54 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings to offset shaky control. His absence seemingly increases the odds of Brandon Finnegan cracking the opening Day roster, as a reliever.

He’ll be paid $1.45 million this season in his second year of arbitration eligibility and the Royals will have to decide whether to keep Collins for 2016 at roughly the same price tag.