Player News - Royals

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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, "there’s a growing feeling among talent evaluators" that the Braves will attempt to acquire Mike Moustakas from the Royals before the trade deadline.

That appears to be even more likely after the Braves ended the Jose Bautista experiment at third base on Sunday. Moustakas is on a very reasonable one-year deal and will be a very attractive trade chip for the Royals in July.
Source: Boston Globe
May 20 - 7:16 PM

Eric Skoglund allowed eight hits and six runs over five innings in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday.

After two good turns against the Orioles and Rays his last two times out, the southpaw took a step back around another AL East foe. Tyler Austin was his bugaboo Sunday, homering twice and driving in four of the six runs. His recent success followed a slow start, and through eight starts Skoglund owns an ugly 6.15 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He'll look to get back on the right track Friday when the Royals visit the Rangers.
May 20 - 5:37 PM

Royals signed RHP Michael Mariot to a minor league contract.

Mariot will be assigned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas after being released by the Padres earlier this month following a 12.15 ERA over 10 relief appearances at Triple-A El Paso. The 29-year-old broke into the majors with the Royals but hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2016.
May 20 - 1:25 PM

Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting some rest. Drew Butera will do the catching.
May 20 - 11:38 AM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Moustakas had himself an RBI single off Luis Severino in the fifth inning. That brought the Royals to within 5-3 on the scoreboard and they played frisky in the contest. It just wasn't enough once the Yankees' bats really got going with the home run ball. The Royals have been one of the worst teams in the majors this season, but Moose has continued to produce even in dire circumstance. He's slashing .295/.335/.534 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI over the course of 45 games played.
May 19 - 10:33 PM

Ryan Goins went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles -- one of which drove in a run -- and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

With his strong evening at the plate, Goins doubled his total of two-baggers on the year. He's up to four, now. There's no fantasy upside here. The utility infielder has yet to hit a home run and has driven in just four runs in 20 games this season.
May 19 - 10:27 PM

Danny Duffy surrendered five runs on seven hits over four-plus innings in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Duffy struck out four -- including Aaron Judge looking, twice -- and walked three. Matters turned truly sour after he trotted back out for the fifth inning, when a Clint Frazier walk led to a Ronald Torreyes single led to a Gleyber Torres home run. That would be all she wrote for Duffy. He's been rocked repeatedly this season, having surrendered 20 runs over his last six outings. A road showdown with the Rangers shows next on the schedule. Duffy will carry a dismal 6.88 ERA and 1.73 WHIP into that contest. Yikes.
May 19 - 10:16 PM

Royals recalled INF Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha.

Torres is hitting .229/.280/.307 at Triple-A but the Royals need a versatile infielder with Cheslor Cuthbert hitting the shelf due to a back strain. Torres should serve in a utility role for a few days until Cuthbert is eligible to return.
May 19 - 8:42 PM

Royals placed 3B Cheslor Cuthbert on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16, with a lower back strain.

Cuthbert has been dealing with back issues since he left Monday's game due to back spasms, and it got to the point that the deal decided to shelve him for a few days to get him right. The move is retroactive to Wednesday, and Royals manager Ned Yost said he doesn't expect the third baseman to miss more than the minimum.
May 19 - 8:39 PM

Jake Junis was charged with two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Friday.

Junis delivered zeros until the Yankees finally got to him in the sixth. He was pulled with two on and one out before Tim Hill let both inherited runners score. Still, it was a solid performance against one of the league’s best lineups. Junis now sits at 5-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 48/12 K/BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings through nine starts. He gets the Cardinals next week on the road.
May 18 - 11:37 PM

Kelvin Herrera tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Yankees for his ninth save of the season.

Herrera threw just nine pitches in the frame and notched one strikeout along the way. After a rough 2017, the 28-year-old has been fantastic so far this season, posting a 1.08 ERA with 15 strikeouts and no walks through 16 2/3 innings. If he keeps it up, he’ll make for a valuable trade piece for the rebuilding Royals.
May 18 - 11:36 PM

Salvador Perez enjoyed a big night at the plate on Friday against the Yankees, going 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI.

Perez was credited with an RBI on a fielder’s choice in the first inning before connecting for a solo homer in the fifth. He later added some insurance with an RBI double in the seventh. The 28-year-old had cooled down over the past few days, but he’s still put up some nice numbers since returning from his DL stint. While he’s batting .258 with a .297 on-base percentage, he has six homers and 20 RBI in just 24 games.
May 18 - 11:35 PM

Whit Merrifield filled up the box score in Friday’s win over the Yankees by going 3-for-4 with three stolen bases and two runs scored.

Merrifield had a double and a pair of singles. He now owns an 11-game hitting streak which has pushed his batting average to .300 for the year. He ranks fourth in the majors with 12 steals.
May 18 - 11:35 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost expects Brad Keller to get an opportunity to start at some point.

The skipper isn't sure when that might happen, but Yost referred to Keller as "a starter that’s a reliever right now." A Rule 5 pick, Keller has just a 9/5 K/BB ratio but a 2.08 ERA over 17 1/3 relief innings. The 22-year-old has never missed many bats as a pro, but his above-average velocity and groundball tendencies make him intriguing.
May 18 - 10:16 AM

Jason Hammel was tagged for 10 hits and five runs over six innings Wednesday in the Royals’ loss to the Rays.

The right-hander logged two strikeouts over 73 pitches and didn’t walk anyone. A hit-by-pitch and two singles led to three Tampa Bay runs in the first inning and C.J. Cron extended the lead with a solo shot in the third. The hits kept coming as the Rays grabbed another run in the fifth after Cron and Joey Wendle led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Hammel, who dropped to 0-5 with Wednesday’s defeat, hasn’t won a start since September 6 of last season. The 13-30 Royals have lost five straight and now sit 8.5 games out of first place in the AL Central.
May 16 - 7:14 PM


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