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Skoglund receives good news from MRI results

Lefty has sprained UCL; Barlow recalled, Stout optioned; Yost pays tribute to veteran father
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KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund, on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury, was relieved when his MRI on Monday showed no significant damage to his ulnar collateral ligament.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Skoglund has a Grade 1 sprained UCL, not a tear. There was also fluid built up around the surrounding nerve.

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KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund, on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury, was relieved when his MRI on Monday showed no significant damage to his ulnar collateral ligament.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Skoglund has a Grade 1 sprained UCL, not a tear. There was also fluid built up around the surrounding nerve.

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Skoglund said his timeline to recovery is uncertain, though.

"We'll give it some rest and hopefully, in about two weeks, we'll give it another test and then build [strength] back up," Skoglund said.

Skoglund had been feeling some discomfort in the elbow for weeks, an issue that came to a head Friday night when he gave up six runs in his last start at Texas.

But news that the injury was not a tear came as a great relief to Skoglund.

"Yeah, extremely good feeling," he said. "It's a step in the right direction to find out what it was."

Barlow back, Stout out
Before Monday's game with the Twins, the Royals recalled right-hander Scott Barlow and optioned left-hander Eric Stout back to Triple-A Omaha.

Video: KC@BOS: Barlow collects his 1st career strikeout

Yost said Barlow likely would piggyback on right-hander Brad Keller's first start as a Royal on Wednesday. Keller likely will have a 60-65-pitch limit.

Memorial Day thoughts
Yost said he always thinks of his late father's service to the country on Memorial Day.

"My dad served in the Korean War, and that was kind of a war that you don't really hear too much about," Yost said. "I just got through watching a documentary on Netflix -- it was a two-hour special on the Korean War, and it was extremely interesting to see some of the stuff that he went through and the conditions that he went through. In all the pictures that he has, they were up in the mountains in extreme cold. Snow everywhere. The conditions were unbearable, but you don't even really know until you watch some of this stuff.

"Just the sacrifices I think that all of our servicemen -- from every era, World War II, the Vietnam War the Korean War -- I mean, they've all got their own hardships and heartaches."

Yost said he didn't talk to his father about the Korean War experience.

"He didn't talk about it," Yost said. "And [bench coach] Dale Sveum's dad served in the same war, and Dale's dad wouldn't talk much about it, either. When my dad passed away, we found some mementos from that time, can't really say what they are, but a lot of pictures, too."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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