Ned Yost media session: April 7, 2014

Left-handed relievers Francisley Bueno and Tim Collins were placed on the disabled list on Monday, a day after the pair worked in the ninth inning vs. Chicago.

“Bueno sprained a pinky finger on his throwing hand, and that makes it very difficult to grip a baseball,” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s probably a 5-6 day injury, but it’s too tough early in the season to go short in the pen.”

As for Collins, his injury sounds more disconcerting on the surface, but tests performed on Sunday were encouraging.

“Collins came in after the game and told us he’s had some stiffness and some soreness in his elbow,” said Yost. “They did an MRI today and he had some inflammation in that elbow, so we’re going to shut him down for 4-5 days and go from there. The MRI looked good, just some minor inflammation. Hopefully it’s not going to be more than a 15-day ordeal.”

Right-hander Michael Mariot and southpaw Donnie Joseph were called up from Triple-A Omaha to replace Bueno and Collins in the bullpen.

“I’ve liked Mariot since I saw him last spring. He did a great job in spring training with us. Closed a lot of ball games out. Has a good fastball, a good slider, was never intimidated by the situation. Obviously, Donnie Joseph we like a lot as a left on left guy.”

By Kolby Paxton

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