Herrera to have MRI after exiting with forearm tightness

Reliever taken out after facing one Angels batter in seventh inning

Herrera to have MRI after exiting with forearm tightness

ANAHEIM -- Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera had to exit the Royals' 3-2 win over the Angels in Game 1 of the American League Division Series after just one batter on Thursday night with tightness in his right forearm. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday.

"We're going to reevaluate it tomorrow," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We didn't want to take a chance tonight with the first game of the series. We didn't want to damage it any further, so we'll reevaluate it tomorrow and see where we're at."

Herrera said he felt fine warming up in the bullpen, but he said he started experiencing it when he took over for Jason Vargas.

  Date Time Matchup/Result Network
Gm 1 Oct. 2   KC 3, LAA 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   KC 4, LAA 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   KC 8, LAA 3 video

"I feel pretty good. It's just a tight forearm; it makes my fingers feel like numb," Herrera said. "I'm going to have an MRI tomorrow. They probably don't want me to pitch tomorrow, but I think I'm going to be OK for Sunday."

With the score tied at 2, Herrera came into the game to start the seventh and walked third baseman David Freese on five pitches. After Freese headed to first, Yost and trainer Nick Kenney went to the mound to confer with Herrera.

After a short conference, Herrera came out of the game and was replaced by rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan.

"I just didn't feel those two fingers [index and middle], and I didn't feel where the ball was going," Herrera said. "I don't think it's anything bad, just a tight forearm."

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