PHOENIX -- Right-handed reliever Louis Coleman finally got his campaign for a Royals bullpen berth underway on Saturday with one perfect inning.
Coleman's Cactus League launch was delayed by a jammed middle finger on his pitching hand.
"It was good, much better," Coleman said. "It was good to get back on the mound. The adrenaline makes it a little different. So far, so good."
The finger was no problem as Coleman got a tap back to the mound, a strikeout and a fly-out.
"I thought Coleman was excellent, and that's good for us," manager Ned Yost said. "He threw the ball well, had a good slider, no ill effects off of it."
The finger is still slightly swollen.
"It'll probably be sore tomorrow, but we'll see," Coleman said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.