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Kris Medlen (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.

Medlen, who is coming back from a Grade 1 strain of his rotator cuff, posted a 7.20 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in five innings over two starts with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He appears on track to return in early July.
Jun 25 - 2:54 PM

Royals optioned OF Brett Eibner to Triple-A Omaha.

The move clears a spot for Alex Gordon's return from the disabled list. Eibner is hitting .297 (11-for-37) with a homer and five doubles over 11 games with the Royals this season. He should get another chance at some point this summer.
Jun 25 - 2:44 PM

Royals activated OF Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list.

Gordon has been sidelined since May 23 due to a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand, but he was cleared to return after batting .364 (8-for-22) with a homer, a double, and five walks over six minor league rehab games. He'll return to a .211/.319/.331 batting line over 42 games.
Jun 25 - 2:41 PM

Edinson Volquez was pounded into the Stone Age on Friday, yielding 12 runs (11 earned) to the Astros while retiring just three batters.

Volquez failed to strike anybody out but walked three and allowed eight hits. The Astros scored nine times off Volquez in the first inning, including a grand slam off the bat of George Springer. Volquez then allowed the first three batters of the second inning to reach base and was pulled from the game. Dillon Gee came on and promptly allowed all three of the inherited runners to score. You could try, but it's very hard to have a worse outing than this one. Volquez saw his ERA jump from 4.12 to 5.15 with the ugly start. He was very good the last two years but you just can't trust him right now.
Jun 25 - 1:39 AM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season on Friday night.

Escobar has been a lost cause at the plate this year, batting .252/.276/.311 with 25 runs and 19 RBI. His one strength is his 10 stolen bases. He has averaged four home runs per year in his career, so tonight's bomb was a rarity.
Jun 25 - 1:19 AM

Royals released 2B Omar Infante.

Infante was designated for assignment by Kansas City last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. He was batting just .239/.279/.321 this season for the Royals, but the 34-year-old could draw interest from multiple teams on the open market now that he will come cheap. Kansas City will have to eat the remainder of his $7.75 million salary for this year and $8 million next year. He also has a $2 million buyout on a voided option for 2018.
Jun 23 - 3:17 PM

Danny Duffy yielded three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Mets.

Duffy struck out eight but walked four and gave up four hits. One of those hits was a two-run homer by Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth inning. Duffy has now struggled in two straight outings, and it's the home run balls that have really killed him. He still has a respectable 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings for the year.
Jun 22 - 4:25 PM

Alex Gordon (wrist) is on track to be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Gordon is 4-for-11 (364) with a homer, a double, and two RBI through three rehab games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He'll probably play one or two more rehab games before returning to Kansas City. Gordon landed on the disabled list May 23 after suffering a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand during a costly outfield collision with Mike Moustakas. Moose is done for the year with a torn ACL.
Jun 22 - 9:24 AM

Ian Kennedy was given just four innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits in a loss to the Mets.

Kennedy wasn't pitching poorly, but Royals manager Ned Yost saw an opportunity to produce some offense in the top of the fifth inning and pinch-hit for Kennedy. He did allow two home runs before exiting, giving him 18 home runs allowed in 14 starts this year. The right-hander has a 4.19 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in his first year with KC. He'll hope for a longer leash Monday against the Cardinals.
Jun 21 - 10:40 PM

The Royals have requested release waivers on infielder Omar Infante.

Infante was designated for assignment by the Royals last week and given his remaining contract, he'll almost certainly pass through waivers and hit free agency on Thursday. The Royals will be responsible for the remainder of his $7.75 million salary for this year and $10 million (including a $2 million buyout for 2018) next year.
Jun 21 - 1:22 PM

Cheslor Cuthbert hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Royals defeated the Tigers 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City.

The game started out as a pitcher's duel between Jordan Zimmermann and Chris Young, and both bullpens continued that theme until the Royals broke through to load the bases (with the help of two intentional walks) in the bottom of the 13th. Cuthbert then smacked a single to left field to score pinch-runner Lorenzo Cain and end the game. It was Cuthbert's only hit in five trips to the plate.
Jun 19 - 8:20 PM

Chris Young tossed six innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision against the Royals.

Kansas City won the game in the bottom of the 13th inning on walkoff RBI single from Cheslor Cuthbert. Young pitched as well as he has all season over the first six frames, yielding just three hits and a walk while striking out seven. He lowered his ERA from 6.15 to 5.61. A home start against the Astros is next.
Jun 19 - 5:55 PM

Kendrys Morales led the Royals to a 16-5 victory over the Tigers on Saturday by going 4-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored.

Morales' great game helped the Royals score 16 times without the benefit of a home run. Two of his hits were doubles. The five RBI tied a career high. Morales hit very poorly for the first two months of the season but has been much better in June. Even factoring in the hot streak his .225/.293/.372 season line still looks poor, especially compared to the excellent .290/.362/.485 line he put up last year.
Jun 19 - 12:48 AM

Edinson Volquez pitched poorly but snagged a win against the Tigers on Saturday, allowing five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

He struck out six and walked none. Volquez sports a 7-6 record, 4.12 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 73 strikeouts and 33 walks in 91 2/3 innings. Volquez was a desirable pitcher to own the last two years but he is drifting out of that class this year. It is hard to trust him against good hitting teams right now. His next start will come Friday at home versus the Astros.
Jun 19 - 12:38 AM

Paulo Orlando laced three singles and a double to finish 4-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base on Saturday.

Orlando put up a 1.059 OPS in May but had cooled way down in June before today. He is now batting an amazing .356 on the season. Orlando needs to stay hot or else he could lose playing time when Alex Gordon returns from the DL in about a week.
Jun 19 - 12:33 AM


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