Player News - Royals

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Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Hosmer now has three multi-hit games in his last four starts and has doubled in three straight. It's been a quiet month by his standards -- he's got two home runs while hitting "just" .272 -- but Hosmer is as steady as they come at first base. The 26-year-old is batting .311/.370/.502 with 12 home runs, 48 RBI and 43 runs scored on the year.
Jun 28 - 11:39 PM

Lorenzo Cain was diagnosed with a strained hamstring that forced his early exit from Tuesday's game.

He'll be re-evaluated by team doctors on Wednesday before determining a course of action. Even if he avoids a trip to the disabled list, expect him to miss a game or two. Look for an update after Wednesday's exam.
Jun 28 - 11:36 PM

Making his first start since his suspension, Yordano Ventura gave up seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Ventura allowed a solo home run among his seven hits given up, and he also walked three. It was a disappointing return after he'd been pitching so well prior to the eight-game suspension levied after Ventura beaned Manny Machado earlier this month. Perhaps some of his struggles Tuesday could be attributed to rust, and the volatile 25-year-old will look to improve upon his 5.00 ERA and 1.45 WHIP against the Phillies on Sunday.
Jun 28 - 11:23 PM

Lorenzo Cain was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

Cain lunged for first base in an attempt to beat out an infield single and appeared to tweak something. He also had his base hit taken away from him on video review, literally adding insult to injury. He'll get checked out in the clubhouse and the Royals should have an update on his status shortly.
Jun 28 - 10:28 PM

Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.

The hard-working backstop will take a rare day off against right-hander Michael Wacha. Drew Butera will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Royals.
Jun 28 - 4:29 PM

Alez Gordon is not in the Royals starting lineup for Tuesday's showdown against the Cardinals.

The Royals are easing Gordon back into action after missing over a month due to a broken bone in his hand. Whit Merrifield is getting the call in left field and batting leadoff while Christian Colon mans second base for the Royals on Tuesday.
Jun 28 - 4:27 PM

Danny Duffy had it going Monday, striking out eight while limiting the Cardinals to two runs over eight frames in a 6-2 victory.

Duffy served up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the first inning but was essentially untouchable after that, permitting just four baserunners over his final seven frames. The left-hander gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone. It was a fine bounce-back outing after Duffy had struggled in his last two trips to the hill. Duffy will go up against the Phillies this weekend.
Jun 28 - 12:01 AM

Kendrys Morales went 4-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

He had four of the Royals' 11 base knocks on the night, as Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar also had multi-hit games. Morales' four-hit night comes on the heels of a two-homer game that he had Sunday. He now has 15 hits over his last 27 at-bats.
Jun 27 - 11:51 PM

Ian Kennedy fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Royals' 6-1 defeat of the Astros.

Kennedy dominated in what might have been his best start in a Royals uniform, yielding just three hits and a walk while striking out 11. The one run he gave up came on an Evan Gattis solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. Kennedy now stands 6-6 with a cool 3.96 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 85/29 K/BB ratio 88 2/3 innings this season, and he has a nice matchup next week in Philly.
Jun 26 - 5:00 PM

Royals LHP prospect Garrett Davila earned the win by logging 5 2/3 shutout innings Saturday in his professional debut for Rookie-level Burlington.

He finished with five strikeouts and three walks. The 19-year-old retired seven straight hitters before allowing a leadoff single to Princeton second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz in the second inning. Kansas City selected Davila as a fourth-round pick in 2015 but it took him over a year to make his debut after the Royals put him on a strength training program so he could gain weight. The left-hander pitched to an incredible 0.11 ERA as a senior at South Point High School in North Carolina last spring.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 26 - 4:34 PM

Chris Young was thrashed for seven earned runs in only 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

Nothing he threw was working. He walked four batters and gave up seven hits, two of which left the yard. He falls to 2-7 with a 6.54 ERA on the season. He has not been the same pitcher that went 11-6 with a 3.03 ERA last year. Young is striking out significantly more batters this year than last yet the results have been awful so far. Home runs have been the culprit as he has already given up an eye-popping 21 longballs in 53 2/3 innings after giving up 16 homers in 123 1/3 innings last year.
Jun 25 - 11:22 PM

Alex Gordon homered and doubled in his first game back from the disabled list on Saturday.

Gordon was having a very poor season before he broke his hand a month ago. Now back in action, perhaps he will start to generate some value for any patient fantasy owners who held onto him despite the injury and poor performance. Today's game boosts his line to .218/.322/.361 with five home runs in 147 at-bats.
Jun 25 - 11:05 PM

Kris Medlen (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.

Medlen, who is coming back from a Grade 1 strain of his rotator cuff, posted a 7.20 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in five innings over two starts with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He appears on track to return in early July.
Jun 25 - 2:54 PM

Royals optioned OF Brett Eibner to Triple-A Omaha.

The move clears a spot for Alex Gordon's return from the disabled list. Eibner is hitting .297 (11-for-37) with a homer and five doubles over 11 games with the Royals this season. He should get another chance at some point this summer.
Jun 25 - 2:44 PM

Royals activated OF Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list.

Gordon has been sidelined since May 23 due to a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand, but he was cleared to return after batting .364 (8-for-22) with a homer, a double, and five walks over six minor league rehab games. He'll return to a .211/.319/.331 batting line over 42 games.
Jun 25 - 2:41 PM


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