Player News - Royals

Date: Team: Pos:

Jorge Soler clubbed his second home run of the season as the Royals fell to the White Sox on Thursday.

Soler got the Royals on the board with a two-run blast off of Lucas Giolito in the fourth inning, trimming their deficit to 3-2. He also singled and drew a walk in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-3. He has caught fire after a painfully slow start to the season and is now hitting .279/.416/.443 with a pair of homers and four RBI.
Apr 26 - 11:26 PM

Jake Junis was hit hard in Thursday's loss to the White Sox, surrendering six runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The right-hander struck out five and walked two on the night. His troubles stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as he served up five home runs to the White Sox. Even with this rough outing, Junis still owns a stellar 3.34 ERA and 0.87 WHIP through his first five starts. He'll try to get back on track when he takes on the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday.
Apr 26 - 11:26 PM

Ian Kennedy (foot) will be in a walking boot for the next 12-24 hours.

Kennedy suffered a bruised right foot in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Brewers when he got struck by a Ryan Braun line drive. The veteran right-hander said he's unsure whether he will be able to make his next start Saturday against the White Sox.
Apr 25 - 12:02 AM

Salvador Perez homered in his return from the disabled list Tuesday against the Brewers.

Perez took Zach Davies deep in his second at-bat of the season and is now tied for fifth on the Royals in homers this year.
Apr 24 - 11:32 PM

X-rays turned up negative on Ian Kennedy's right foot.

Kennedy left his start Tuesday night against the Brewers after getting struck in the foot by a Ryan Braun line drive in the top of the third inning, but he escaped with a bruise and should be fine to make his next start. The 33-year-old right-hander yielded four runs over three frames Tuesday before exiting. He has a 3.46 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 22/8 K/BB ratio in 26 innings this season.
Apr 24 - 10:20 PM

Ian Kennedy was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Brewers after getting hit in the leg by a line drive in the top of the third inning.

Kennedy held the Brewers scoreless in the first and second innings, but he was charged with four earned runs in an ugly third. Burch Smith took over in the top of the fourth. There should be a status update soon on Kennedy, who failed to strike out a batter Tuesday for the first time in 273 career major league appearances.
Apr 24 - 9:15 PM

Royals recalled LHP Eric Stout from Triple-A Omaha.

Stout will provide a fresh arm for the bullpen with Justin Grimm (back) going on the disabled list. The 25-year-old was added to the 40-man roster back in November and held a 4.70 ERA and 6/5 K/BB ratio through his first 7 2/3 innings of work this year in Triple-A.
Apr 24 - 3:46 PM

Royals optioned OF Paulo Orlando to Triple-A Omaha.

This is the corresponding move with Alex Gordon (hip) ready to return. Orlando is batting .191/.224/.234 through 13 games with the Royals this season. He should get another shot before long.
Apr 24 - 3:38 PM

Royals optioned C Cam Gallagher to Triple-A Omaha.

He'll head down to Triple-A now that Salvador Perez (knee) is back from the DL. Gallagher went 5-for-24 (.208) with two doubles and two RBI over eight games.
Apr 24 - 3:36 PM

Royals placed RHP Justin Grimm on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 22, with lower back stiffness.

Eric Stout will replace him on the active roster. Grimm has been blasted for 17 runs on 12 hits and nine walks in just seven innings, so it sounds like a good idea to just give him a break and regroup.
Apr 24 - 3:35 PM

Royals activated OF Alex Gordon from the 10-day disabled list.

Gordon landed on the disabled list two weeks ago with a left hip labral tear, but the injury didn't require surgery and he made it through three rehab games without incident. The 34-year-old was batting just .174/.208/.217 over seven games prior to the injury and remains an afterthought in fantasy leagues.
Apr 24 - 3:31 PM

Royals activated C Salvador Perez from the 10-day disabled list.

Perez started the year on the disabled list after tearing the MCL in his left knee just before Opening Day, but he went 9-for-24 (.375) with two homers and two doubles during his minor league rehab stint. He'll be a welcome addition to the Royals' lineup and fantasy rosters.
Apr 24 - 3:28 PM

Clay Buchholz gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings in his start on Sunday for Triple-A Omaha.

Buccholz allowed just three hits with one walk, and he struck out three. The 33-year-old has pitched well in his two minor league starts, and there are reports that the former Boston and Philadelphia hurler could make his Kansas City debut on Saturday in a doubleheader against the Red Sox. His struggles over the past few years make him a risky fantasy proposition, but at the very least he's worth monitoring going forward.
Apr 23 - 11:26 AM

Whit Merrifield hit a solo homer in a victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

Merrifield's homer was the first run -- and hit -- off of Francisco Liriano, and the floodgates opened shortly after. After a slow start to the year, the Kansas City leadoff hitter now has three homers on the season, and his OPS is up to a much more respectable .755. Expect these numbers to continue to go up, and for him to start running more in the process.
Apr 22 - 4:49 PM

Kelvin Herrera pitched a clean ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season on Sunday against the Tigers.

Herrera struck out one, and still hasn't allowed an earned run this year. He also hasn't walked anyone while striking out nine over his first 6 2/3 innings of the season. Herrera could become a valuable trade chip for the Royals near the deadline, but for now, he should earn the save opportunities, and he's making the most of them to start 2018.
Apr 22 - 4:44 PM


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