Player News - Royals

Date: Team: Pos:

Bubba Starling will miss six weeks with a dislocated finger.

Per beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, the injury was not "baseball related." A first-round pick of the Royals in 2011, Starling has yet to reach the major leagues.
Jul 19 - 4:25 PM

Jake Junis (back) will rejoin the Royals' rotation on Saturday against the Twins.

Junis has missed most of this month with lower back inflammation. The right-hander got off to a great start this season but posted a 9.33 ERA over his last five starts before going on the DL. He can't be trusted for fantasy purposes.
Jul 19 - 10:26 AM

Eric Skoglund (elbow) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday.

He has joined up with the Royals' affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona League. Skoglund was placed on the disabled list back in late May after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He could be ready to return sometime in early August assuming he can avoid setbacks. But there are never safe assumptions when it comes to UCL injuries.
Jul 18 - 3:38 PM

Jesse Hahn (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday in the Arizona League.

Hahn has been on the disabled list all season as he attempts to rehab a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm. That diagnosis almost always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but the 28-year-old right-hander has managed to avoid significant setbacks up to this point and could be an option for the Royals' starting rotation at some point in the second half. He holds a 4.19 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 6.7 K/9 in 286 career major league innings.
Jul 18 - 3:35 PM

Royals OF prospect Kyle Isbel went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers on Monday for short-season Idaho Falls.

Isbel has already hit four homers since signing with the Royals as their third-round pick this June. The former UNLV star has average power from the left side, and he's also a plus runner who is capable of stealing 20-plus bases. If you're looking for an under-the-radar long-term prospect from the 2018 draft, Isbel fits that profile.
Jul 17 - 1:57 PM

Royals designated OF Abraham Almonte for assignment.

Almonte was batting just .179/.260/.284 in 151 plate appearances this season with Kansas City. The 29-year-old outfielder was claimed off waivers from the Indians at the end of spring training and served as the Royals' primary center fielder for a stretch. He's now back on the waiver wire.
Jul 16 - 12:18 PM

Royals activated OF Rosell Herrera from the paternity leave list.

Herrera will be back with the club for the start of the second half after missing the Royals' weekend series against the White Sox. The 25-year-old has batted .267/.291/.373 in 80 plate appearances with Kansas City since getting picked up on a waiver claim from the Reds in early June.
Jul 16 - 12:15 PM

Adalberto Mondesi homered and doubled in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

Mondesi's homer came off of Jeanmar Gomez, and it gives the infielder third on the year. The soon-to-be 23-year-old has hit for surprising power since being recalled, and is now slugging .444 in his 72 at-bats with Kansas City over 21 games along with five steals in eight attempts. His .250 average and .270 on-base percentage leave a lot to be desired, however.
Jul 15 - 5:40 PM

Burch Smith allowed two runs on three hits over two innings in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

Smith was the "starter" for the Royals on a bullpen day, and he allowed a two-run homer to Daniel Palka in the first. His ERA is now at 5.98, and despite striking out 45 hitters in 43-plus innings, his lack of command and 1.60 ERA -- along with his long-relief role -- gives him zero fantasy value.
Jul 15 - 5:22 PM

The Red Sox and Braves are among the teams interested in acquiring Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Crasnick notes that the Royals are "more likely than not" to deal Moustakas before the July 31 trade deadline. The Yankees have also been linked as a possible suitor for the impending free agent. Moustakas, 29, is hitting .249/.306/.466 with 19 homers and 58 RBI in 91 games this season. If he's indeed dealt away from the Royals' punchless lineup and pitcher-friendly home ballpark, it could be give a boost to his fantasy value.
Jul 15 - 5:13 PM

Salvador Perez will start at catcher for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Wilson Ramos was the slated starter but he suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's game, knocking him out for next week's festivities. Enter Perez, who was selected as a backup for the AL. The All-Star game will be the sixth consecutive for Perez.
Jul 14 - 9:57 PM

Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored to lead his team over the White Sox 5-0 on Saturday.

He cracked a two-run bomb off Reynaldo Lopez in the first inning, then tripled home a run in the fifth. In the eighth inning he botched a bunt and reached base when the lead runner was nailed at third base, but then got to trot home on a Salvador Perez dinger. Bonifacio missed the first 80 games of the season due to being suspended when he got caught cheating with performance-enhancing drugs back in March. He has a .306 batting average with one homer and eight RBI in 13 games. He should get a lot of playing time in the second half of the season but his statistical projection is a question mark now that he is off the juice.
Jul 14 - 6:31 PM

Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored against the White Sox on Saturday.

He singled leading off the game and rode home on a Jorge Bonifacio home run. Merrifield is splitting time between second base and the outfield this season and has been productive at the plate and on the basepaths. He has a .307 batting average with five home runs, 30 RBI and 42 runs scored. His best fantasy contribution comes in the form of the stolen base, of which has 17 already. He is unlikely to match the 19 home runs or 34 stolen bases he registered a year ago, but he is hitting for a better batting average and getting on base more often.
Jul 14 - 6:20 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 and belted a two-run homer during Saturday's triumph over the White Sox.

His eighth-inning shot came off starter Reynaldo Lopez with Jorge Bonifacio along for the ride and essentially put the game out of reach. The veteran catcher's batting average has taken a tumble this year, which has knocked him off the table as one of the better fantasy catchers to own. He has 13 home runs and 41 RBI to go with a paltry .221 batting average. Only three out of 164 qualified major league hitters have an on-base percentage lower than Perez' .259 mark on the season.
Jul 14 - 6:15 PM

Danny Duffy registered eight strikeouts while shutting out the White Sox for seven innings during a win on Saturday.

He scattered four singles and three walks in the gem outing to improve his record to 5-8 on the season. The White Sox lineup is rather meek these days but it was a strong effort nonetheless from the Royals' southpaw. Duffy has a solid 8.16 K/9 this year but he's issued too many walks and teed up too many longballs and that combination has resulted in a poor 4.59 ERA in 20 starts. He has 103 strikeouts, 53 walks and 19 homers allowed in 113 2/3 innings.
Jul 14 - 6:07 PM


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