KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 01: Stating pitcher Felipe Paulino #59 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the game against the Oakland Athletics on June 1, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Felipe Paulino Injury Update: Royals Starter Sets Timeline To Return In May

The Royals best starting pitcher this season won't even be back in time for the beginning of 2013.

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Felipe Paulino Injury Update: Royals Starter Out Indefinitely With Groin Injury

The Kansas City Royals are caught in a tough position when it comes to Felipe Paulino’s injury all the way around. The biggest issue, of course, is that the team’s best pitcher in 2012 is not going to make his next scheduled start. Further complicating the situation is that his roster spot is also in flux given the indefinite nature of the injury.

Dayton Moore spoke recently about the loss of Paulino and noted that the team doesn’t want to make an official move if they don’t have to.

"I don’t know yet. I’m optimistic, but it’s probably going to be about 48 hours before we get a true indication," Moore said. "We don’t want to put him on the DL if he’s only going to miss one start or two starts."

Yet at the same time, Paulino’s spot could be taken by another pitcher to help ease the load if Paulino is going to miss significant time. Instead of being at full strength, the Royals will be a man down for the next several games.

"We’re still evaluating. He’s a little better today," Moore said on Thursday. "I’m keeping my fingers crossed there. He’s a pretty quick healer, but we’ll see."

Paulino is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 7 starts this year.

For more on Paulino's injury, be sure to check out Royals Review and join the discussion.

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Felipe Paulino Injury Update: Groin Injury Sidelines Royals Best Starting Pitcher Indefinitely

In a season where the Kansas City Royals starting pitching has ranged from head-scratching to all-out frustrating, Felipe Paulino has been a ray of light. In fact, he’s been downright brilliant for a long stretch recently that’s included five of seven outings where he’s allowed zero earned runs. But now the Royals might have to make due without him for an indefinite period of time due to a groin injury for their ace.

Paulino came out of the first inning last night against the Minnesota Twins due to a groin injury that the pitcher said he was careful not to aggravate. His reason is that he’s been at this point before with a similar injury.

"I was a rookie and I didn’t care if it was sore," Paulino said. "I was still pushing and I really pulled my groin and it put me out like a month. So now I feel the same deal in that spot, so I’ll try to be little smarter on that point."

The Royals were hoping for another strong outing from Paulino to put away their AL Central rivals and climb even closer to that .500 record. Instead they lost the game to the Twins 4-2 and their pitcher for an undetermined stretch.

"It was just not my day today, unbelievable," Paulino said. "But the good thing right now is it’s no big deal. My groin is just a little bit strained and hopefully tomorrow there will be less inflammation in that spot."

The Royals now head to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates for a three-game series.

For more on the Royals, be sure to check out Royals Review and join the discussion.

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