Kansas City Royals’ surprise ace of the pitching rotation, Felipe Paulino left in the first inning of Wednesday night’s Royals 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
“He just felt something in his groin when he made the pitch to Morneau and broke to cover third base,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said.
“We’re going to be super disappointed if he’s out, but the sun is going to come up tomorrow and Major League Baseball is going to be played and we’ve got to find a way to continue it,” Yost said.
On the season, Paulino is 3-1 in seven starts, after beginning the season on the disabled list. Paulino has struck out 39 batters in 37.2 innings, with a 1.76 earned run average.
Felipe Paulino has easily been the best pitcher in the Royals’ injury depleted starting rotation. The Royals have already lost Danny Duffy for the season and Johnathan Sanchez is currently on the disabled list with bicep tendinitis. As well, the Royals have lost All-Star closer Joakim Soria for the season. The bullpen is currently missing Everett Teadford and had to deal with a DL stint from Greg Holland.
Losing Paulino for an extended period would greatly hurt the already slim chances for the Royals to climb back into the American Central Race.