Player News - Royals

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Royals signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a one-year contract.

The deal was first reported by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday and has now become official. Feliz had issues with the home run ball in Milwaukee, but he's throwing hard and should benefit from a more spacious park.
Jun 23 - 3:43 PM

Royals designated RHP Chris Young for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Neftali Feliz. Young was great for the Royals in 2015 but holds a 6.52 ERA since the beginning of 2016. The 38-year-old will probably get another shot somewhere, but he looks done as far as being a successful major leaguer.
Jun 23 - 3:42 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Royals have reached a deal with RHP Neftali Feliz.

Feliz was terrible with the Brewers earlier this year but perhaps he'll benefit from a change of scenery. The right-hander has a proven track record with 107 big league saves. In Kansas City, he'll fill a setup role in front of closer Kelvin Herrera.
Jun 22 - 11:42 PM

Danny Duffy (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.

Duffy is scheduled to throw 40-45 pitches. He'll need a few starts to get his pitch count back up after missing the last few weeks with a strained oblique. If all goes according to plan, Kansas City's ace should be back around the All-Star break.
Jun 22 - 9:13 PM

Salvador Perez went 3-for-3 and hit a grand slam off Robby Scott in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Royals past the Red Sox 6-4 on Wednesday.

Craig Kimbrel had two days off, but John Farrell wasn't willing to turn to him with no outs in the eighth inning. So, Scott, who relieved Matt Barnes after back-to-back walks, was left in to pitch to Perez after walking Eric Hosmer. It was a bad matchup -- the Red Sox stuck with Scott because lefty Mike Moustakas was on deck -- and Perez capitalized with his 15th homer of this year and first ever grand slam; he had been a .268/.261/.366 hitter in 41 at-bats with the bases loaded. Perez is already two-thirds of the way to a career-high home run total.
Jun 21 - 6:11 PM

Ian Kennedy was lifted after giving up four runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

It's the seventh time in eight starts that Kennedy has given up four or five runs. That's not really the kind of consistency the Royals were looking for from him. Still, since two of the runs today were unearned, his ERA fell back under 5.00 (to 4.95) for the first time in almost a month.
Jun 21 - 6:07 PM

Matt Strahm gave up five runs in three-plus innings Tuesday in his start versus the Red Sox.

It was one run through three innings, but Strahm gave up a single, a double, a single and another double to start the fourth, resulting in his removal. He was up to 75 pitches by that point, and it was just his second start since he was shifted from the bullpen to the rotation. The Royals figure to stick with Strahm for now, but they will have the option of shifting him back to the pen if Danny Duffy can return around the All-Star break.
Jun 20 - 11:44 PM

Nate Karns (elbow) is scheduled to resume throwing Wednesday.

Karns was shut down for the last week due to lingering soreness in his right elbow. He has been on the disabled list since May 21 and probably won't be ready to return to the Royals' rotation until sometime after the All-Star break.
Jun 20 - 6:35 PM

Danny Duffy (oblique) threw 40 pitches over two innings of simulated action on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Duffy will probably do one more side session before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since late May because of a left oblique strain. He's expected to return to the Royals' starting rotation shortly after the All-Star break.
Jun 20 - 6:23 PM

Jason Hammel held the Red Sox to two runs over seven innings to win Monday.

Hammel has turned in four straight quality starts, getting wins in three of them, to lower his ERA from 6.18 to 4.83. We wouldn't go picking him up in mixed leagues, though. He'll get the Blue Jays next time out.
Jun 20 - 12:56 AM

Kelvin Herrera notched his 16th save with a scoreless ninth Monday against the Red Sox.

It wasn't exactly a shutdown inning; after Andrew Benintendi tripled with one out, Xander Bogaerts scored a liner right at shortstop Alcides Escobar and Mitch Moreland flew out to the wall in left. Still, a save is a save. Herrera is 16-for-18 despite his 4.66 ERA.
Jun 20 - 12:54 AM

Eric Hosmer hit his eighth homer and walked twice versus the Red Sox on Monday.

Thanks to a .308 average, Hosmer's now having one of his better seasons, at least from an OPS perspective. Still, while the power production is getting better, he's currently on pace for just 70 RBI after finishing with 93 in 2015 and 104 last year. It should help now that the Royals are getting a little more OBP from the top of the order.
Jun 20 - 12:50 AM

Salvador Perez caught the final two innings of Monday's game, but didn't get an at-bat against the Red Sox.

Perez didn't start because of soreness in his left side. He's expected to be in Tuesday's lineup.
Jun 20 - 12:46 AM

Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Monday due to some soreness in his left side.

It sounds like it's something he's dealt with off and on recently and it flared up again Sunday. Manager Ned Yost indicated that it was more of a planned day off for Perez on Monday and that the All-Star should be back in there Tuesday.
Jun 19 - 5:20 PM

Royals recalled RHP Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.

McCarthy has worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings out of the Royals' bullpen this season. He'll operate in middle relief.
Jun 19 - 4:35 PM


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