Player News - Royals

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Ian Kennedy fell to 4-9 after allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings Friday against the Indians.

Kennedy has given up 18 earned runs in 19 innings this month, pushing his ERA back over 5.00 for the first time since mid-June. It sure doesn't look like he'll be opting out of the final three years and $49 million in his Royals contract at season's end.
Aug 19 - 12:04 AM

Jake Junis gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings out of the pen Friday against the Indians.

Junis had a nice start Monday against the A's, but with the Royals having an off day Thursday and another one next Monday, he was available out of the pen tonight. He's expected to get a start against the Rockies next week.
Aug 19 - 12:01 AM

Whit Merrifield went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts Friday and is hitless in 15 at-bats the last three days.

Merrifield isn't going anywhere, but as nice of a job as he's done for the Royals this year, he's still not an ideal leadoff man; he's walked just 21 times in 452 plate appearances, giving him a .321 OBP to go along with his .284 average. Fortunately for him, the Royals lack any better alternatives. He'll probably snap out of this little slump soon enough.
Aug 18 - 11:59 PM

Salvador Perez (intercostal) will resume taking batting practice this weekend and could be activated for next week's series versus the Rockies that begins Tuesday.

Perez has slowly ramped up his workouts this week and hasn't experienced any setbacks with his strained right intercostal muscle. He will not require a rehab assignment before returning, so if batting practice goes well this weekend he'll be ready to roll.
Aug 18 - 5:51 PM

Royals recalled RHP Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.

McCarthy was sent down earlier this week but is eligible to return because he's replacing the injured Joakim Soria (oblique). He'll be used in middle relief.
Aug 18 - 2:50 PM

Royals placed RHP Joakim Soria on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with a left oblique strain.

Soria is dealing with a Grade 1 strain and is expected to miss 10-15 days. Brandon Maurer will slide into the eighth inning role.
Aug 18 - 2:49 PM

Alex Gordon went 2-for-5 with two RBI and drove in the winning run in the ninth inning of a 7-6 win over the Athletics.

Alcides Escobar led off the final frame with a double and Gordon quickly followed with a clutch single off Athletics' closer Blake Treinen. Gordon then got caught trying to steal second base. The veteran left fielder drove in another run with a single earlier in the game. Today's heroics aside, Gordon has been one of the worst hitters in the majors this year. His .577 OPS is now the lowest in the major leagues because his teammate Alcides Escobar got three hits in today's game to pass him by. Gordon has just five homers and 37 RBI in 418 plate appearances.
Aug 16 - 8:33 PM

Lorenzeo Cain went 2-for-3 and slugged a two-run home run in a win over the Athletics on Wednesday.

His shot off starter Paul Blackburn put the Royals in the lead in the fourth inning. Cain also singled and walked in the game and now wields a potent .293 batting average with 13 longballs and 40 RBI. The bulk of his fantasy value comes from his 23 steals in 25 attempts.
Aug 16 - 8:25 PM

Kelvin Herrera struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning to nail down a save against the Athletics on Wednesday.

He was protecting a one-run lead and got the first two batters out on flyballs. He then surrendered an infield single and wild-pitched the potential tying run into scoring position before punching out Chad Pinder to end the threat and the game. The flame-throwing closer now has 26 saves and a 3.91 ERA on the season.
Aug 16 - 8:22 PM

Danny Duffy surrendered four runs in five innings and settled for a no-decision against the Athletics on Wednesday.

He was able to punch out eight batters while walking two. He gave up six hits, including a two-run blast by shortstop Marcus Semien. The other two runs scored on a Jed Lowrie knock in the fifth inning. Duffy's record holds at 7-8 with a pretty good 3.82 ERA in 20 starts. He has 109 strikeouts in 125 innings. Next up for Duffy is a home start against the Rockies on Wednesday.
Aug 16 - 8:16 PM

Joakim Soria will undergo an MRI on his sore lower back Thursday in Kansas City.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday morning that it's "probably a possibility" the veteran reliever will require a disabled list stint. Soria was lit up for four earned runs in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Athletics. He has a 3.96 ERA in 53 total appearances this year.
Aug 16 - 2:47 PM

Eric Hosmer finished 2-for-4 with a double, two-run home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's game in Oakland.

It's the second consecutive season Hosmer has reached 20 homers after failing to reach the plateau in each of his first five campaigns in the majors. He has a chance to surpass his career-high 25 homers set last season, but he'll be hard-pressed to better his 104 RBI from 2016.
Aug 16 - 1:53 AM

Drew Butera finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's road loss against the Athletics.

Butera has hit safely in three straight, and five of his past six, as he tries to hold down the fort with regular starter Salvador Perez (oblique) on the shelf. He isn't terribly flashy at the plate, but with a .269/.320/.387 slash line he could certainly be worse.
Aug 16 - 1:50 AM

Jason Hammel allowed four earned runs, eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision at Oakland on Tuesday.

Hammel served up three homers against his former team, throwing 67 of his 101 pitches for strikes. It was rather surprising considering he had served up just one long ball across his past 30 1/3 innings over five outings. He'll look to get back on track in his next scheduled start Tuesday at home against the Rockies.
Aug 16 - 1:47 AM

Cam Gallagher had a grand slam for his first major league homer Monday and led the Royals to a 6-2 win over the A's.

Gallagher also doubled and walked in this one. He's supposed to play behind Drew Butera with Salvador Perez out, but this will help his case for more at-bats. He was hitting .294/.339/.408 in Triple-A before getting the call last week.
Aug 15 - 1:57 AM


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