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Two Kansas City Royals nearing injury return, but now Carlos Hernandez could miss time

Ahead of Friday’s series opener against Colorado, the Kansas City Royals placed reliever Amir Garrett on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to May 29) with left elbow valgus extension overload. Garrett is dealing with inflammation in his elbow. He received an injection to help with the recovery process.

Royals manager Matt Quatraro categorized the injury as similar to a bone bruise.

“There is inflammation and there is also a little bit of irritation,” Quatraro said. “So, the injection will help limit the inflammation and lubricate the joint a little bit to try to make it a little easier on him as he comes back to throwing.”

Garrett has appeared in 23 games this season. He owns a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings of work.

In a corresponding move, the Royals called up Jackson Kowar from Triple-A Omaha. Kowar was previously with the Royals in May.

Brad Keller, Kyle Isbel on the mend

Quatraro also provided an update on Brad Keller and Kyle Isbel.

Keller, who is nursing right shoulder impingement syndrome, threw a live batting practice before Friday’s game. This season, Keller has made nine starts and surrendered 21 earned runs in 43 1/3 innings of work. He has also worked on his delivery and mechanics for this season.

Isbel is recovering from a left hamstring strain. He is progressing towards a possible rehab stint after running the bases pregame.

“I think when we get back off this road trip, hopefully if everything goes well, we will be looking to progress him into rehab games,” Quatraro said.

Carlos Hernandez nursing callus on thumb

The Royals will also monitor reliever Carlos Hernandez’s status.

Hernandez left Friday’s game against the Colorado Rockies after a callus burst on his thumb. Quatraro said it cracked open, started to bleed and get tender.

“We just didn’t want it to get worse,” Quatraro said. “It’s a day-to-day thing. We will cover it up and just let it heal.”

Hernandez surrendered four earned runs and three hits against the Rockies.