Royals 'pen hopeful Collins exits with tight left elbow

Royals 'pen hopeful Collins exits with tight left elbow

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Tim Collins, in a battle for one of the final spots in the Royals' bullpen, left the club's Cactus League opener against the Rangers on Wednesday because of tightness in his elbow after facing just four hitters.

Manager Ned Yost said that Collins may have an MRI on Thursday, if an exam can be scheduled.

Collins said after the game that his concern level was pretty low, however.

"I just felt it get a little tight," he said. "It wasn't one specific batter or pitch. It's just a little tightness. It could be fine, and the type of thing everyone goes through once in awhile.

"They'll just re-evaluate me in the morning, is what I was told."

Collins is in a position battle in the bullpen with rookie Brandon Finnegan, Franklin Morales and Joe Paterson, among others.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.