Player News - Royals

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Salvador Perez (illness) was scratched from the Royals' lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Perez is out with a head cold. Drew Butera will take over behind the plate and bat eighth against Texas lefty Cole Hamels. Consider Perez day-to-day.
Jul 28 - 6:38 PM

Royals recalled RHP Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Omaha.

He'll take the roster spot vacated by Luke Hochevar, who was placed on the disabled list with symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Pounders made a pit stop in Kansas City when Wade Davis was hurt earlier this month, logging a 13.50 ERA over three outings. He'll probably be reserved for lower leverage situations.
Jul 28 - 5:38 PM

Royals placed RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list with symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

That's never good. Matt Harvey just underwent season-ending surgery to relieve his TOS symptoms and Hochevar could be headed down a similar path. Hochevar is slated to meet with Texas-based Dr. Greg Pearl, who is one of the nation's leading TOS specialists. The right-hander had been the subject of trade rumors but those are probably on hold now that Hochevar is dealing with a potentially serious shoulder issue.
Jul 28 - 5:31 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.

It will be his first time pitching in a minor league game since May 30, when he had to shut down his rehab assignment because of rotator cuff fatigue. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and hasn't thrown a pitch at the major league level in 2016. Maybe he could become an option for the Royals in late August, but it's not something to count on.
Jul 28 - 11:55 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."

Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it.
Jul 28 - 10:31 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are showing interest in Royals closer Wade Davis.

Los Angeles reportedly made a run at Aroldis Chapman this week before he landed with the Cubs. Davis hasn't been as dominant this year as he has been in years past, but the 30-year-old right-hander still ranks among the top relievers in baseball with his 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. He holds a $10 million team option for 2017, which is a relative bargain. It's not clear what a trade for an elite late-inning arm would do for Kenley Jansen's status as the Dodgers' closer. He has 30 saves this season and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
Jul 28 - 8:21 AM

Raul Mondesi went 2-for-4 and drove home four runs on Wednesday, leading the Royals to a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the Angels.

On two similar plays in the seventh and eighth innings, Mondesi reached on infield singles that each plated two runs. The first of which tied the game at 3-3 and rattled Angels starter Matt Shoemaker, while the latter increased the Royals advantage to 7-3 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He could be worth a look as a middle infield option in deeper mixed leagues now that he's in line for everyday at-bats for the Royals.
Jul 27 - 11:53 PM

Danny Duffy logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Angels on Wednesday, allowing three runs on seven hits over his six-plus innings of work.

The southpaw walked two and punched out five on the evening. After keeping the Angels off the scoreboard through the first four innings, the Angels scratched out single runs in each of the next three frames. Duffy has been a tremendous addition to the Royals rotation this season, compiling a 3.22 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 110/22 K/BB ratio over 100 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Rays in Tampa Bay his next time out on Monday.
Jul 27 - 11:49 PM

Dillon Gee's return to the rotation didn't go quite as planned Tuesday, allowing 10 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Angels.

Gee didn't have many answers for the Angels' bats, as four of the 10 hits went for extra bases, including a home run off the bat of Carlos Perez. It wasn't an encouraging showing after Gee had been bumped from the rotation by Brian Flynn last week. Given his 4.54 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, there's a decent chance the Royals once again look for a better option before Gee's turn comes up this weekend.
Jul 27 - 12:04 AM

Royals optioned INF Whit Merrifield to Triple-A Omaha.

Merrifield started out red-hot, but he was hitting just .170 (9-for-53) with 17 strikeouts and a .487 OPS through 16 games this month. The Royals have called up top prospect Raul Mondesi to take his place on the active roster.
Jul 26 - 2:32 PM

Royals recalled INF Raul Mondesi from Triple-A Omaha.

In turn, the struggling Whit Merrifield has been sent down. Regarded as the Royals' top position prospect, Mondesi has missed a big chunk of the season after serving a 50-game PED suspension, but he has played well since his promotion to Triple-A earlier this month. His plate discipline is shaky, so we're not convinced he'll see immediate success in the majors, but the Royals are looking for a spark and his speed could come in handy in deeper fantasy leagues assuming he gets regular starts at second base. Mondesi, who turns 21 on Wednesday, made his major league debut in the World Series last year, but he has yet to appear in a regular season game.
Jul 26 - 2:23 PM

Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Omaha.

Cain, who has been out for about a month with a left hamstring strain, got the green light after doing some running over the weekend. Barring a setback, he appears on track for a return around the end of the month.
Jul 26 - 8:27 AM

Brett Eibner went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 0-for-15 since the All-Star break.

Eibner got off to a nice start for the Royals, hitting .304/.361/.571 in his first 56 at-bats of the year. He's not contributing these last 10 days, though, and he's probably going to be sent down when Lorenzo Cain comes off the DL.
Jul 25 - 11:50 PM

Phillies returned Rule 5 Draft pick LHP Daniel Stumpf to the Royals.

Stumpf was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week and the Royals took the opportunity to reacquire the left-hander. He will be sent to Triple-A Omaha.
Jul 25 - 2:54 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have expressed interest in acquiring veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez from the Royals.

Grant notes that the entire Rangers brass in charge of player personnel was on hand for Volquez's start on Sunday and the club has admitted that they're seeking a major upgrade to their rotation. The Royals haven't yet decided if they'll be buyers or sellers at next week's trade deadline. The right-hander's next start is conveniently against the Rangers in Arlington on Friday, so all he may need to do is change dugouts if a deal gets consummated.
Jul 24 - 10:19 PM


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