Player News - Royals

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Lorenzo Cain acknowledged late Tuesday that he has been playing through a left wrist injury.

It's been an issue for at least two weeks and causes him pain when he tries to swing, but Cain has pledged to continue battling through it. The 30-year-old center fielder has still managed a relatively productive August, even smacking an RBI double (and stealing a base) in Tuesday night's loss to the Yankees.
Aug 31 - 9:13 AM

Jarrod Dyson went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple, a run scored and a stolen base Tuesday against the Yankees.

Batting leadoff and playing center field, Dyson notched his fifth triple of the season in the third inning to get the Royals on the board. The stolen base was his fourth in his past three games, giving him 22 steals on the year. The 32-year-old's numbers never recovered from an early-season slump, and in the meantime his starting job was copped by Paulo Orlando. Dyson is hitting .248/.321/.353 on the year.
Aug 31 - 1:46 AM

Edinson Volquez allowed nine hits and four runs over 3 1/3 innings against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Volquez didn't have much of anything going, and the quick hook was the third consecutive start in which Volquez has failed to make it out of the sixth inning. He now owns a 5.01 ERA in 28 starts this year, a disappointing mark after the 33-year-old posted a 3.55 ERA for the Royals last season. Volquez will try to take advantage of a bad Twins team when the two meet on Monday.
Aug 31 - 1:40 AM

Wade Davis (forearm) struck out two in a scoreless inning Tuesday with Triple-A Omaha.

He threw 13 of his 15 pitches for strikes in the nearly flawless frame. That could be the final rehab appearance for Davis, who is expected to be activated soon after rosters expand on September 1. He has been on the disabled list since July 27 with a right flexor strain. Kansas City management has not revealed whether Davis will immediately reclaim the ninth-inning gig from Kelvin Herrera.
Aug 30 - 9:55 PM

Dillon Gee held the Yankees to one run over six innings in a victory Monday.

Gee's rotation spot was in doubt for a spell, but then setbacks from Kris Medlen and Mike Minor took away Kansas City's alternatives. He's done pretty well his last three times out, allowing a total of five runs in 18 1/3 innings. He's still a risky play in AL-only leagues.
Aug 30 - 12:16 AM

Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer Monday in the win over the Yankees.

Escobar has doubled his homer total in the last five days, going from two to four. His current .637 OPS is his highest mark since the first week of the season.
Aug 30 - 12:13 AM

Royals acquired OF Daniel Nava from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Nava was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster earlier this month after batting .235/.309/.303 in 136 plate appearances this season. He has also had two stints on the disabled list. The 33-year-old will head to Triple-A Omaha for now.
Aug 29 - 10:18 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Monday that Wade Davis (forearm) won't be activated until at least Friday.

After tossing a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance for the Royals' Rookie League affiliate last Wednesday, Davis threw another scoreless frame Saturday with Triple-A Omaha. He's slated to make another appearance on Monday, but the Royals aren't going to rush things. Kelvin Herrera has done an excellent job filling in at closer, so Davis is no sure thing to get his old gig back when he returns.
Aug 29 - 7:31 PM

Raul Mondesi delivered a three-run triple in the sixth inning, propelling the Royals to a 10-4 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday night in Boston.

The Royals entered the sixth inning trailing 4-2, but erupted for eight runs in the frame, highlighted by Mondesi's bases-clearing triple that put them ahead to stay. Penciled in as the club's starting second baseman for the remainder of the season, Mondesi is hitting .189/.232/.300 with a homer and 10 RBI in his limited action this season.
Aug 28 - 11:37 PM

Yordano Ventura couldn't make it out of the fifth inning in Sunday's start against the Red Sox, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits.

Ventura also walked a pair and struck out just one. David Ortiz tagged him for a solo homer in the fourth inning, then the Red Sox added three runs in the fifth to chase the right-hander. It has been a very disappointing season for Ventura who owns a 4.33 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 149 2/3 innings. He'll hope for better results when he squares off against the Tigers at home on Saturday.
Aug 28 - 11:36 PM

Salvador Perez did his part in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox, going 2-for-3 and blasting a pair of solo home runs.

Perez got the Royals on the board with a solo shot off David Price in the second inning, then capped off his squad's scoring when he tagged Robbie Ross in the ninth. The hard-hitting backstop is now hitting .257/.291/.462 with 19 long balls and 57 RBI on the year.
Aug 27 - 10:20 PM

Danny Duffy was clobbered in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox, surrendering seven runs on nine hits over his five frames.

Duffy walked two and struck out two on the evening. It was a rare off-night in what has been a brilliant 2016 campaign for the left-hander. The Red Sox jumped on him early and often in this one, including home runs from Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts. Even with this rough start, Duffy still owns a stellar 11-2 record, 3.01 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back on track when he takes on the Tigers at home on Friday.
Aug 27 - 10:18 PM

Ian Kennedy yielded two runs in 5 1/3 innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Red Sox.

While it wasn't quite as good on paper as his previous five starts, Kennedy still managed to limit the damage against the powerful Boston lineup. He gave up nine hits in all while walking a pair and striking out eight. With three straight wins under his belt, he's now 9-9 on the year to go along with a 3.57 ERA. He'll try to keep the streak going next week against the Yankees at home.
Aug 26 - 10:50 PM

Kelvin Herrera notched his 10th save of the season Friday against the Red Sox.

The Royals had a four-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, so Peter Moylan got the call initially, but he gave up back-to-back singles to begin the inning before Ned Yost turned to Herrera. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up two hits of his own, including an RBI single to Mookie Betts, but he managed to escape and secure the victory for the red-hot Royals. Wade Davis (forearm) is on the comeback trail in the minors, but Herrera has done a fine job filling in at closer. He now boasts a shiny 1.84 ERA and 73/8 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings.
Aug 26 - 10:47 PM

Lorenzo Cain homered, walked twice, and scored two runs in Friday’s win over the Red Sox.

Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon also went deep in the victory. Cain’s eighth-inning blast off Junichi Tarawa was his first home run since way back on May 31, a span of 191 at-bats. The 30-year-old is batting .290/.337/.414 overall.
Aug 26 - 10:46 PM


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