Player News - Royals

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Miguel Almonte will make his first major league start on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

He's filling in for Nate Karns, who landed on the disabled list Wednesday with a right elbow injury. Almonte, 24, owns an impressive 1.86 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 35/6 K/BB ratio over 29 innings this season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. But the Yankees' offense presents a different kind of challenge.
May 24 - 2:23 PM

Royals placed RHP Nate Karns on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a right elbow injury.

Karns experienced a buildup of fluid around his right elbow during his last start Friday against the Twins. He's eligible to return next Wednesday and it's possible that he will only miss one turn in the Royals' rotation, though there isn't much clarity at this point. Miguel Almonte is starting in Karns' place on Thursday against the Yankees.
May 24 - 2:19 PM

Royals activated OF Alex Gordon from the paternity leave list.

Gordon was excused from the club on Sunday to welcome a new member of his family. He returns Wednesday to a rough .175/.294/.212 batting line.
May 24 - 2:15 PM

Danny Duffy held the Yankees to two runs over seven frames in Tuesday's 6-2 victory.

Duffy hadn't given up a home run since all the way back on April 8, which was quite a feat for a flyball pitcher who coughed up 27 gopherballs last season. He surrendered a pair in this one -- one to Chris Carter and one to Aaron Hicks -- but they were both solo shots and that was all the Yankees could put together against him. Duffy has struck out 23 over his last 21 innings and his velocity has started to creep back up, which is obviously a great sign. He'll get the Indians in Cleveland on Sunday.
May 23 - 10:24 PM

Whit Merrifield singled and hit a solo homer Tuesday versus the Yankees.

Merrified had one of four longballs that the Royals hit in the seventh and eighth innings, with his coming off of Jonathan Holder. It was his fifth homer already over just 105 at-bats, and he's now riding a modest nine-game hitting streak.
May 23 - 10:18 PM

Jorge Bonifacio went deep again Tuesday, swatting a two-run shot in the Royals' win over the Yankees.

Bonifacio just missed a homer when he flied out to the warning track in the second inning. After striking out in the fifth, he took Adam Warren deep in the seventh to the opposite field to give the Royals the lead. Bonifacio, who will turn 24 in a couple weeks, has now homered in four of his last five games.
May 23 - 10:16 PM

Lorenzo Cain swatted his second homer of the season Tuesday versus the Yankees.

Cain's solo shot with one out in the seventh was the only run the Royals could muster off of Jordan Montgomery, but they got to the Yankees' bullpen in the latter innings. While he's sporting a .361 on-base percentage, Cain's homer Tuesday was only his second of the season.
May 23 - 10:10 PM

Royals signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.

Nelson hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014 and he was batting just .261/.307/.359 in 101 plate appearances this season for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters. The 31-year-old infielder is doubtful to climb his way to Kansas City.
May 23 - 9:53 PM

Paulo Orlando will be out for the next six weeks at Triple-A Omaha after suffering a fractured shin.

Orlando fouled a ball off the shin on May 12 and new tests showed a fracture after the initial swelling subsided. The 31-year-old outfielder is batting just .254/.314/.381 this season at the Triple-A level.
May 23 - 7:53 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that it remains unlikely Nate Karns (elbow) will make his next scheduled start.

Karns was pulled after throwing five innings of one-run ball last Friday against the Twins due to fluid buildup in his right elbow. He hasn't been placed on the disabled list, but Miguel Almonte is expected to pitch in his place Thursday against the Yankees. There should be something more official soon.
May 23 - 7:50 PM

Royals sent RHP Al Alburquerque outright to Triple-A Omaha.

Alburquerque was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Sunday after posting a 6.75 ERA in five relief appearances. He can refuse the outright assignment and become a free agent.
May 23 - 6:00 PM

Hunter Dozier (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Wilmington.

Dozier has been out all season after suffering a Grade 2 strain of his oblique during spring training. He's on the 60-day disabled list and will likely be optioned to Triple-A Omaha once he's back to full health.
May 23 - 11:24 AM

Jason Vargas yielded three runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Yankees.

Vargas fared better in Yankee Stadium than he did five days ago in a home start against the Yankees, but homer count for the season did double from two to four, as both Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius took him deep. More homers are on the way, probably this weekend when he pitches in Cleveland.
May 22 - 11:00 PM

Mike Moustakas went 0-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Yankees and is hitting .212 with a .247 OBP over his last 20 games.

Remember a month ago when Moustakas was the Royals' offensive bright spot and everyone was wondering what was wrong with Eric Hosmer? Hosmer now has the better OPS by 30 points. Moustakas is still hitting for some power, but he's been a serious liability as a No. 2 hitter lately.
May 22 - 10:56 PM

Salvador Perez crushed a pair of home runs as the Royals fell to the Twins in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader.

Perez had already gone deep earlier in the afternoon during the first game of the twin bill. He launched a two-run homer off of Aldaberto Mejia in the first inning then added on a solo blast in the fourth inning. Perez finished the night 2-for-4 and is now slashing .280/.321/.547 with 11 long balls and 28 RBI on the season.
May 21 - 8:44 PM


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