Royals sending Collins to have MRI on left elbow

Reliever hopeful that tightness just normal result of early Spring Training work

Royals sending Collins to have MRI on left elbow

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals left-hander Tim Collins, who left Wednesday's 13-2 win over the Rangers after facing four hitters because of tightness in his elbow, will have an MRI on Thursday morning at a local hospital.

Collins said he did not notice any significant swelling in the elbow on Wednesday night, which might be a good sign.

"I hope it's good news," Collins said. "We'll just have to see."

Collins was still in good spirits Thursday, just as he was after Wednesday's game.

"I think it's just Spring Training," he said. "Everybody goes through this. It's just some tightness. I don't know what the plan is yet with the trainers."

Collins is in competition for one of the final bullpen spots with rookie Brandon Finnegan, Franklin Morales, Brian Flynn, Louis Coleman, Ryan Madson, Joe Paterson and Jandel Gustave, 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.