Pressly to undergo MRI on right lat strain

Pressly to undergo MRI on right lat strain

KANSAS CITY -- Twins reliever Ryan Pressly left Saturday's 5-3 win over the Royals in the seventh inning with what was originally announced as a shoulder strain, but manager Paul Molitor said it could be related to his lat instead of his shoulder. Pressly will undergo an MRI exam on Sunday morning to find out the extent of his injury.

Pressly threw two pitches to Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, including a 97-mph fastball on his last pitch that was hit into left field for a single. But Pressly looked to be in pain and was visited at the mound by assistant trainer Tony Leo and Molitor before being removed from the game.

"He was really concerned when I went out there," Molitor said. "I don't want to say it was a pop, but it was something unnatural and it makes you think about the [rotator] cuff or something like that. But as far as his tests coming out of the game it seems more like a high lat strain. The shoulder tested fine. It was more of a pulling thing."

Pressly said it was hard to describe what it felt like, but that he overextended on the pitch. He also said it's too early to tell how serious the injury is.

"It wasn't fun, I'll tell you that much," Pressly said. "It was an unfortunate situation. I don't really know all the details yet. I'm just going to get an MRI tomorrow and it's just one of those things I can't explain right now."

Left-hander Aaron Thompson replaced him and was able to get Mike Moustakas to ground into a double play. Right-hander Blaine Boyer finished off the inning, getting Eric Hosmer to ground out after walking Lorenzo Cain.

Pressly has been solid this season since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on May 1, posting a 2.93 ERA in 27 appearances. He's struck out 22 and walked 12 without allowing a homer in 27 2/3 innings.

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