Player News - Royals

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Clint Barmes told Jessica Kleinschmidt of FanDuel that he has decided to retire from baseball.

Barmes made the decision in the middle of a recent game with Triple-A Omaha and was given his release by the Royals on Monday. "Coming back I think I decided I would give Triple-A a little time to help make my decision easier for me as far as having no regrets when I do make that decision," said Barmes. "At this point I can honestly say I can look back and know I don’t have any regrets." Barmes produced a .245/.294/.379 career batting line over 13 seasons to go along with 89 homers and 415 RBI.
Source: FanDuel.com
May 24 - 8:31 AM

Ian Kennedy was charged with two runs over 3 1/3 innings and took a no-decision in Monday's 10-4 win over the Twins.

Kennedy gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three. He remained in the game after a 41-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning but wasn't in there for long. The right-hander has scuffled a bit the last few times out but still sports a nice 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 53/18 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings. He'll get the White Sox over the weekend.
May 24 - 12:45 AM

Salvador Perez went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins.

It was the first five-hit game of the All-Star catcher's career, and the slow-footed Perez even managed to mix in a triple among his five base knocks. Perez has a modest nine-game hitting streak going, and he's lifted his average from .226 to .270 over that stretch.
May 24 - 12:34 AM

Royals released INF Clint Barmes.

Barmes exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract. The 37-year-old was batting just .204/.255/.306 over 29 games in Triple-A, but he's hoping to find a better opportunity elsewhere.
May 23 - 7:50 PM

Mike Moustakas is day-to-day with a knee contusion.

Moustakas presumably banged up the knee in a collision with Alex Gordon on Sunday. Cheslor Cuthbert has returned to the active roster now that Gordon is on the disabled list, but Whit Merrifield is playing third base Monday. Moose should be back in there soon.
May 23 - 5:34 PM

Royals recalled INF Cheslor Cuthbert from Triple-A Omaha.

Cuthbert was just sent down when Mike Moustakas was activated from the 15-day DL, but he's back to replace the injured Alex Gordon (wrist) on the active roster. The 23-year-old is batting .255/.269/.373 with a homer in 52 plate appearances with the big club this season. He'll serve as a backup infielder this time around.
May 23 - 5:31 PM

Royals placed OF Alex Gordon on the 15-day disabled list with a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist.

Gordon suffered the injury in a collision with teammate Mike Moustakas on Sunday and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Cheslor Cuthbert has returned to replace him on the active roster while Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando figure to get regular starts in the outfield in the short-term.
May 23 - 5:20 PM

Mike Moustakas is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

Moustakas was in the original lineup, so perhaps something is ailing him from Sunday's collision with teammate Alex Gordon. Whit Merrifield will fill in at third base.
May 23 - 5:11 PM

Alex Gordon (wrist) is out of Monday's lineup against the Twins.

Gordon suffered a right wrist sprain in a collision with teammate Mike Moustakas on Sunday. Fortunately, he passed a concussion test. The Royals are calling him day-to-day. Jarrod Dyson will start in left field.
May 23 - 5:07 PM

Yordano Ventura surrendered three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the White Sox.

Ventura walked four and gave up six hits, including a solo homer to Todd Frazier. The hard-throwing right-hander carries an underwhelming 4.81 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings this season, along with a hideous 34/33 K/BB ratio. He gets the White Sox at home next.
May 22 - 5:18 PM

Alex Gordon was forced to leave Sunday's game after a collision with teammate Mike Moustakas.

It's unclear at the moment exactly what type of injury he sustained. Gordon remained in the field for the rest of the inning but was lifted for a pinch hitter the following frame. Expect an update on his status shortly.
May 22 - 4:49 PM

Royals LHP prospect Eric Skoglund allowed just two hits over six shutout innings Saturday in a win for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The victory snapped a four-start winless streak for Skoglund. The left-hander finished with four strikeouts and retired 12 batters in a row before allowing a single to Tulsa second baseman Willie Calhoun to begin the sixth inning. Skoglund is tied for ninth in the Texas League with 41 strikeouts this season. Unfortunately, opponents have also hit .282 against him with five homers. Skoglund will need to lower those numbers if he wants a promotion to Triple-A Omaha.
Source: MILB.com
May 22 - 4:33 PM

Kendrys Morales is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

It appears he's just getting a day off. The Royals have Salvador Perez in the designated hitter spot and Drew Butera at catcher.
May 22 - 12:46 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) was clocked in the mid-90s during his rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

It was reported that Minor was touching 96 mph in extended spring training and the velocity has evidently carried over into official games. It's a surprise, as it's actually noticeably harder than he threw prior to labrum surgery. Minor credits the Royals' medical staff with his velocity increase. "I think it’s because of those guys in there — the medical staff," Minor said. "(I’m) just doing hip and spine programs and kind of stretching more. (I’m) focusing on smaller muscles, and things that can help me on the mound." Minor holds a 4.97 ERA and has walked eight over 12 2/3 rehab frames to this point, but he's also struck out 17. Dillon Gee and Danny Duffy have pitched well since being thrust into the Royals' rotation, but Minor could get a shot before long.
May 22 - 10:30 AM

Jarrod Dyson went 3-for-4 with a stolen base as the Royals edged the White Sox 2-1 on Saturday.

Dyson raised his batting average 28 points with the good afternoon, a picture of how much he's struggled since coming off the disabled list. The stolen base was his seventh in nine attempts, and he was also caught stealing in the game. Even with the CS, it's good to see him being aggressive when he gets on, as that's where the vast majority of his fantasy value lies. If he can continue to build on his .250 average and .296 OBP, those steal chances will keep coming, too.
May 21 - 5:21 PM


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