Player News - Royals

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Danny Duffy was roughed up by the White Sox on Tuesday, surrendering six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Duffy's velocity is down a bit and his strikeout rate has followed, though he's actually getting more swings and misses than ever. He was due for the ERA correction after coming into this one at 1.32 in four starts. He's at 2.81 now.
Apr 26 - 1:22 AM

Batting leadoff, Mike Moustakas finished 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored Tuesday against the White Sox.

If the Royals wanted to rearrange their lineup, batting Lorenzo Cain ahead of Moustakas in the leadoff spot would seemingly make more sense. Ned Yost, though, probably didn't want his lefties hitting back-to-back, and Eric Hosmer isn't getting slid down the order in spite of his awful start. Moustakas has been far and away the Royals' best hitter to date, coming in at .296/.333/.634 in 71 at-bats.
Apr 26 - 1:19 AM

Brandon Moss hit his third homer Tuesday in garbage time against the White Sox.

It came off Chris Beck down 10-3 in the ninth, but Moss will take it. He struck out twice more tonight after entering the game with strikeouts in six straight at-bats.
Apr 26 - 1:17 AM

Jorge Soler (oblique) went 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk Tuesday with Triple-A Omaha.

He now has two home runs in five rehab games, but Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that no decision has been made about Soler's activation date. The 25-year-old outfielder landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with a strained left oblique. He should join Kansas City's lineup at some point in the next week.
Apr 25 - 6:51 PM

Eric Hosmer finished 0-for-4 in the Royals' blowout loss to the White Sox on Monday.

Hosmer had a promising 2-for-4 showing on Sunday in Arlington, Texas, but the offensive struggles returned on Monday night in Chicago. The impending free agent first baseman is batting just .192/.253/.247 through 19 games this season for Kansas City.
Apr 24 - 11:13 PM

Kelvin Herrera worked a scoreless inning in a non-save situation on Monday against the White Sox.

Kansas City was down 12-1 when Herrera entered for some work in the bottom of the eighth inning. He issued a leadoff walk to Melky Cabrera but got Jose Abreu to ground into a double play and struck out Todd Frazier swinging. Herrera has a 2.25 ERA and 0.63 WHIP in eight innings this season as the Royals' closer.
Apr 24 - 11:08 PM

Jason Vargas gave up four runs -- three earned -- over five innings Monday as the Royals were blown out by the White Sox.

Vargas was due for some regression and it came Monday in the form of seven White Sox hits, including a homer by Matt Davidson in the bottom of the second inning. Vargas didn't issue a walk and struck out five, but he was saddled with his first loss of the season and we'd expect his ERA to continue rising. It jumped from 0.44 to 1.40 on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. He'll get the Twins at Kauffman Stadium next.
Apr 24 - 11:05 PM

Salvador Perez (neck) is back in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

Perez missed a couple games with a stiff neck. He's catching and batting fifth against Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox.
Apr 24 - 4:50 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer has been placed on Triple-A Omaha's disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

The Royals had called Zimmer's removal from a start last Thursday precautionary, but they're not going to take any chances especially with the righty's history of shoulder issues. Zimmer had thoracic outlet surgery last summer and just can't seem to stay healthy. It's a bummer for a guy who was once one of the best pitching prospects in the game.
Apr 24 - 4:24 PM

Alex Gordon is batting sixth for the Royals for the second straight game Monday.

Gordon had hit leadoff in every game prior to Sunday, but he's been among the worst regulars in the game so far this season with an ugly .169/.244/.211 batting line. Whit Merrifield is in the leadoff spot for the second game in a row and might remain there for a while as the Royals attempt to jump-start a stagnant offense.
Apr 24 - 4:16 PM

Mike Moustakas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Moustakas cracked a solo home run off Yu Darvish in the second inning to open the game's scoring. He is off to a strong start to the 2017 season, as Sunday's homer was his sixth of the year and boosted his RBI total to nine. In addition, Moustakas is working to a .286/.328/.587 triple-slash across 63 at-bats. On the micro level, Moose has picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games.
Apr 23 - 6:30 PM

Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Bonifacio's home run was the first of his major league career. It came against a brand name, too, as he cracked it off Yu Darvish with two outs in the third inning. The 23-year-old outfielder should continue to see work in right field until Jorge Soler (oblique) is healthy enough to return to action. All signs are pointing toward Soler being close to a return before the end of the month.
Apr 23 - 6:28 PM

Jason Hammel surrendered three runs on four hits over three-plus innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers

Control was a major issue for Hammel, who threw just 47 of his 84 pitches for strikes. His lack of consistency in the zone came back to bite in the fourth inning, when the veteran right-hander walked two -- one of those free passes coming to Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded -- and hit two batters before being relieved of duty. Hammel will carry a rough 5.30 ERA and 1.77 WHIP into a home start against the Twins as he looks for a rebound outing next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 23 - 6:20 PM

Salvador Perez (neck) remained out of the Royals' lineup Sunday.

He hasn't caught since Thursday and has now missed two straight starts due to a sore neck. Drew Butera will catch again. The Royals are also giving Lorenzo Cain his first day off of the season, as Jorge Bonifacio is in center field.
Apr 23 - 12:06 PM

Ian Kennedy held the Rangers to a lone run over seven innings of work in Saturday's no-decision.

Kennedy served up a solo homer to Mike Napoli to lead off the second inning but nothing more, allowing four hits and three walks in total. Unfortunately for the right-hander, he once again was left with nothing to show for it. He's now 0-2 on the year but with a 2.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 22/12 K/BB ratio. The wins will come, and in waves, if he continues to pitch this well. Friday against the Twins seems like a good spot for his first.
Apr 23 - 12:09 AM


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