Corey Dickerson (ribs) began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.
Though it has been a lost season for the Rockies, Dickerson is still doing everything in his power to make it back before the end of the regular season. A wide array of injuries has limited Dickerson to just 43 games this season, in which he has slashed .315/.346/.507 with five homers and 18 RBI.
Kendrys Morales went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI as the Royals beat the Tigers 15-8 on Thursday.
This was a 6-6 game after three innings and 9-7 headed into the bottom of the seventh before the Royals broke it open. Morales had a two-run double as part of the six-run frame. He also scored three runs for just the fifth time in his career.
Edinson Volquez was lifted after allowing six runs in three innings Thursday against the Tigers.
Volquez also gave up six runs to the Tigers on Aug. 12, though at least he did it in seven innings that time. His overall numbers still look fine -- he has a 3.53 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP -- but we'd be kind of worried about counting on him in the postseason if we were the Royals.
Matt Boyd lasted just one-plus innings and gave up six runs Thursday against the Royals.
It's the second time in his eight starts that he's failed to record more than three outs, and he hasn't really shown enough in the others to justify a spot in the Tigers' 2016 rotation.
Ben Zobrist went 4-for-5 with three runs scored from the leadoff spot for the Royals on Thursday.
It's almost like Zobrist might be a better leadoff option than Alcides Escobar, who had a rare day off in this one. He's hitting .339 with five homers and a 14/19 K/BB ratio in 121 at-bats since joining the Royals.