SURPRISE, Ariz. – Royals reliever Brian Flynn will be out for eight weeks after breaking a rib and sustaining three non-displaced fractures in his vertebrae. How did this happen? Flynn fell through the roof of his barn in McAlester, Okla. Yes, that is correct.
“He was working on his barn and fell through the roof,” said Royals manager Ned Yost to the Kansas City Star. “So he took a pretty good tumble, knocked himself out.”
This is a tough injury for Flynn, who is looking to keep his spot in the Royals’ bullpen despite many free agent signings. Flynn posted a 2.60 ERA in 55 1/3 innings last season. The 26-year-old lefty dealt with injury problems in 2015 after tearing his lat muscle in his first appearance with the Royals’ AAA affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers.
Flynn’s injury adds on to a decent list of Royals who suffered freak injuries. These include Royals’ legend George Brett breaking his toe on a door jam while running to see Bill Buckner hit and pitcher Jeremy Affeldt slicing his hand open while separating frozen hamburger patties.