Player News - Royals

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Danny Duffy limited the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings Friday in the Royals' 3-1 win.

Rougned Odor's homer was the only damage in the Royals' four-hitter. Duffy, who was deemed unworthy of a rotation spot this spring, looks like one of the AL's best left-handers now. He's 6-1 with a 3.14 ERA.
Jul 22 - 11:31 PM

Cheslor Cuthbert hit his ninth homer Friday off the Rangers' Yu Darvish.

Cuthbert is 5-for-10 with three RBI in three games since the Royals moved him up to the second spot in the lineup. That jump in the lineup is almost enough to make him worthy of a mixed-league pickup, though we still don't think he'll maintain his current pace.
Jul 22 - 11:28 PM

Ian Kennedy was shelled for seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

Cleveland went off for four home runs against Kennedy, with Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis, Tyler Naquin, and Carlos Santana all getting in on the act. Naquin then homered again off Royals reliever Peter Moylan. Kennedy had been in a decent groove, but his ERA jumped from 3.86 to 4.28 on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. A matchup at home against the Angels is next.
Jul 20 - 5:34 PM

Alex Gordon is absent from the Royals' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

Brett Eibner will start in left field and bat seventh in the matinee game against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Gordon went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday night and is batting just .178/.277/.329 in 83 plate appearances since his return from a broken scaphoid bone in late June.
Jul 20 - 12:15 PM

Kendrys Morales (foot) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return to the Royals' lineup Tuesday.

Morales made an early exit from Monday's series opener against the Indians after fouling a ball off his foot in the fifth inning. X-rays turned up negative and he looked fine running the bases Tuesday night.
Jul 20 - 8:47 AM

Making his first start for the Royals, Brian Flynn gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Indians.

Flynn was on a pitch count tonight after spending the last month in the Royals pen, but the team was hoping for more than this. The word going in was that he wasn't guaranteed anything beyond the one start. We'd like to see the Royals stick with him for a little while, but they have alternatives.
Jul 19 - 11:36 PM

Alex Gordon finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday against the Indians.

Gordon was dropped from the leadoff spot in the Royals' final game before the All-Star break. He homered and doubled in that one, but he's 2-for-17 since play resumed. Odds are he'll get on a bit of a roll at some point, but his mixed-league value is very, very limited now that he's hitting in the bottom half of the order again.
Jul 19 - 11:31 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday in Kansas City.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Minor looked really good during the workout and suggested that the left-hander could be close to restarting a minor league rehab assignment. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and he hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors this year.
Jul 19 - 5:38 PM

Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer will undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

Yet another setback for Zimmer, who has had all sorts of injury problems in recent years. The 24-year-old has been limited to just 5 2/3 innings in the minors this season due to a shoulder issue. Now we at least know the cause, but surgery will end his season.
Jul 19 - 11:43 AM

Jarrod Dyson tripled and hit a grand slam in the Royals' seven-run eighth inning Monday in a 7-3 win over the Indians.

His first career grand slam was also his first homer in 163 at-bats this year. Dyson has been a disappointment this year, but the Royals' outfield injuries have helped keep in the lineup even as Paulo Orlando has outplayed him. He'd still be a better leadoff option for the Royals than Alcides Escobar, and it's not all that hard to imagine him swiping 20 bases in the second half.
Jul 19 - 12:45 AM

Edinson Volquez allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings Monday in a no-decision against the Indians.

Volquez was outpitched by Corey Kluber, but the Royals went on to win this one after both starters left. Volquez has a solid 3.16 ERA in four starts since having the worst outing of his life (11 ER in 1 IP) against the Astros on June 24.
Jul 19 - 12:41 AM

Kendrys Morales is day-to-day with a right foot contusion.

Morales fouled a ball off his foot in the fifth inning and was eventually removed for pinch-hitter Christian Colon, who hit a game-tying two-run double in the eighth. X-rays came back negative, so it doesn't appear to be serious.
Jul 18 - 11:39 PM

Whit Merrifield is in Monday's lineup against the Indians.

Merrifield went 0-for-4 on Friday, but sat out the rest of the weekend. The 27-year-old started out hot, but he's batting just .125 with 13 strikeouts in his last 34 plate appearances.
Jul 18 - 4:33 PM

Brian Flynn will start Tuesday's game against the Indians.

He'll take Chris Young's spot in the starting rotation. The left-hander has performed well in a middle relief role this year, compiling a 2.39 ERA over 13 appearances. Flynn isn't guaranteed another start, so he'll need a strong performance Tuesday to keep his spot in the rotation. The Royals could be in the market for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline.
Jul 18 - 3:32 PM

Royals transferred RHP Kris Medlen to the 60-day disabled list.

That opens up a spot for Nick Tepesch on the 40-man roster. Medlen has already been on the disabled list longer than 60 days so this won't affect his return date. The right-hander started a rehab assignment last month but was shut down after suffering a sprained shoulder.
Jul 18 - 2:57 PM


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