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Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moustakas is out of the lineup Monday against the White Sox.
Impact: Moustakas will get the day off with left-hander John Danks taking the mound for Chicago. The Royals will go with Jayson Nix at third base in his place.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis earned the win Monday, tossing a scoreless ninth against the White Sox.
Impact: Davis has been sensational this season, registering a 0.69 ERA and nine wins out of the bullpen. The righty has allowed runs in just four appearances this season, and has been unscored upon since June 25.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cain was the hero Monday, hitting a walk-off infield single to give the Royals the win.
Impact: The infield knock was Cain's only hit of the night. The outfielder has now hit safely in six straight and is hitting .289 for the month. For the season, Cain is hitting a respectable .297 with 25 stolen bases for the Royals.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shields took a no-decision Monday, allowing three runs in seven innings against the White Sox.
Impact: The three runs were the first allowed by Shields this month, as the righty tossed 15.1 scoreless innings in his first two starts of September. Shields' 10 hits allowed were as many as he's surrendered in his last three starts combined. He'll carry a 3.15 ERA into his next start against the Tigers.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy (shoulder) will throw a four-inning simulated game Tuesday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports KC reports.
Impact: Duffy continues to work back from shoulder soreness, which caused him to be removed from his last start on September 6. He experienced no pain during a light bullpen session Sunday and appears close to returning. Manager Ned Yost indicated Duffy is healthy, but rusty, so the simulated game is likely geared toward building back strength in the shoulder.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hendriks will start Tuesday's game against the White Sox, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Hendriks will get a third straight turn in the rotation despite two relatively average outings earlier this month. He lasted only 2.1 innings September 11 versus Boston and surrendered three earned runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings September 6 in New York. On the season, Hendriks holds a 5.06 ERA in 26.2 major league innings.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy (shoulder) felt no pain during his light bullpen session Sunday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: It's encouraging that Duffy was able to make it through Sunday's session without setback. The Royals have still not decided whether or not he will start Tuesday, but it seems he has passed the necessary steps to do so.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willingham is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Impact: Willingham started five of six game as the designated hitter from Sept. 6 through Sept. 11, but Sunday's game will mark the third straight contest he has opened on the bench. Norichika Aoki will serve as the Royals' DH for the second straight day.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Impact: Butler's absence should not come as a surprise, as he will open on the bench for the fifth time in the last six games. The Royals have had a revolving door at the DH position the last couple weeks, so it seems likely Butler's playing time will remain sporadic at best.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy (shoulder) will throw a light bullpen session Sunday and hopes to start Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Duffy made about 30 throws from 75 feet Friday and will take another step toward returning Sunday after missing a couple turns in the rotation due to the injury. He hopes to return Tuesday, giving back the Royals their fifth arm in the rotation as they continue to fight for a playoff spot.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler is out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Butler appears to have lost a grip on the designated hitter spot for the Royals, now sitting for the sixth time in the past eight games. While he and Josh Willingham are still the top two candidates for the DH spot, Norichika Aoki will get a day off from the field and serve in that spot Saturday, with Lorenzo Cain in right field and Jarrod Dyson in center.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hosmer was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a losing cause against the Red Sox on Friday night.
Impact: His seventh home run was the first Royals hit to leave the yard in a week (the only other home run over that span was of the inside-the park variety hit by Lorenzo Cain). The Royals have struggled to score runs and are last in the American League in long balls so they really need to execute when they put men on base.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland returned to the mound Friday after missing eight days with a sore triceps and hurled a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out three.
Impact: He came on to pitch the ninth in a non-save situation after having not pitched on just over a week. He no doubt needed the work and threw 18 pitches (12 for strikes). If he comes out of the game with no problems, he should immediately step back into his closer's role.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ventura allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits, walking one and striking out six over seven innings of a 4-2 loss to Boston on Friday night.
Impact: Ventura (12-10, 3.27 ERA) pitched reasonably well, but he was the victim of some sloppy fielding, and his own command issues (he hit two batters and tossed a wild pitch that brought a runner home). His mastery of the strike zone still comes and goes, but he has electric stuff and will continue to improve. An interesting note: Yoenis Cespedes stole a base in the third inning and it was the first stolen base attempt against Ventura this season - spanning 176 innings. He'll get the White Sox at home next time out.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy (shoulder) made about 30 throws from 75 feet Friday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: The lefty made it through the session pain-free, but with a return to elevated ground still not scheduled, his chances of being ready to go Tuesday against the White Sox seem rather slim. Duffy was forced off the hill his last time out after just one pitch, but his shoulder was shown to be structurally sound, with his MRI revealing just rotator cuff inflammation.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Holland could be available for the Kansas City Royals this weekend after dealing with some tightness in his right arm, while left-hander Danny Duffy was awaiting word from doctors before beginning to throw again.
Impact: Holland planned to play catch and would be available if all went well. He has not pitched since saving a 4-1 win over Texas on Sept. 3. Wade Davis picked up three saves in his place during the Royals' recent six-game road trip.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hendriks lasted just 2.1 innings against Boston on Thursday, allowing three runs -- two earned -- and four hits. He issued two walks and struck out one, tossing 65 pitches.
Impact: Hendriks was pulled in the third inning after allowing an RBI single to Will Middlebrooks. Reliever Casey Coleman bailed out Hendriks from further damage, getting a double play ball with the bases loaded. Hendriks was filling in for Danny Duffy (shoulder), so whether or not he makes another start will depend on Duffy's status. If Duffy is unable to go in his next turn, and the Royals don't seek out an alternative, Hendriks would be lined up to start at home against the White Sox.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland's (triceps) Thursday availability will be dependent on how he feels during pre-game warmups, Josh Vernier of 610 AM Kansas City reports.
Impact: Holland has been dealing with triceps soreness for nearly a week, but appears to be nearing a return to the mound. He'll play a bit of catch prior to Thursday's game, and if he emerges free of discomfort, look for him to take the hill in his regular ninth-inning role. If not, Wade Davis -- who hasn't allowed an earned run since June 25 -- will continue to serve as the closer.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy is no longer experiencing shoulder discomfort, but the status of his next scheduled start Tuesday remains up in the air, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Duffy was removed from his last start Saturday after just one pitch, but received some good news Tuesday when an MRI came back showing no structural damage. He has yet to play catch since suffering the injury the injury, however, and remains uncertain as to when he'll be allowed to throw again. Duffy had originally anticipated only missing one turn in the rotation, and if this notion is going to hold true, he'll need to throw a bullpen session by Sunday.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wood was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Wood went unclaimed off waivers after he was designated for assignment earlier in the month. He'll be a free agent in the offseason and will look to land a minor league contract.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland "felt fine" on Wednesday, but was held out of the game against the Tigers, the Associated Press reports. Wade Davis recorded his third save of the season in Holland's absence. "Greg felt fine today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "My whole mindset was, I was going to go up to the point where Greg said, 'OK, I don't feel anything' -- and then give him another day."
Impact: It sounds like the triceps injury that has been bothering Holland has significantly improved, but Yost's vague plan for his closer makes it difficult to get a clear read on when exactly he might be tasked with handling a save situation next.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis struck out a pair during a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his third save of the season.
Impact: All three saves that Davis has recorded this season have come within the last week. Greg Holland has been dealing with a triceps injury, but it's believed that Holland is nearing a return to action, which would move Davis back into a setup role. Davis could become a free agent if the Royals decline their $7 million club option on his contract this offseason. As a result, there could be significant interest in Davis from teams looking for a closer.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shields struck out eight and walked one while giving up just two hits over seven scoreless innings Wednesday to earn his 14th win of the season.
Impact: The start was a gem for the Royals, who picked up a much-needed win over the Tigers on Wednesday. Shields is lined up for a pair of home starts next week, beginning Monday against the White Sox before another turn against the Tigers on Sept. 21.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Infante went 3 for 5 with an RBI in a 4-2 loss at Detroit on Tuesday.
Impact: Infante had been 7 for 32 (.219) with one extra-base hit in his previous seven games.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hochevar (elbow) played catch Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March, and hopes to pitch off a mound by January, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Hochevar has been sidelined for all of 2014 after he tore his UCL in March, but he is hopeful that he'll be ready by the beginning of the 2015 season. Throwing is an encouraging first step, but he has a long way to go in his rehabilitation to be able to return by April.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Despite his strong career numbers against opposing starter Rick Porcello (16-for-47, .340 average), Butler will find himself on the bench for the fourth time in five games. However, Butler's steep regression at the plate overall this season -- including an ongoing 1-for-21 skid -- has improbably put his standing as the team's regular designated hitter in question. Unless he suddenly rediscovers the sweet swing that netted him 32 doubles and 29 homers just two seasons ago, Butler may be forced to share time with Josh Willingham the rest of the way.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Impact: Butler went 0-for-4 Monday and has just one hit since Aug. 29, so manager Ned Yost decided to give him the day off Tuesday. Josh Willingham will serve as the Royals' DH in Butler's place.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland felt a slight twinge in his sore triceps muscle while throwing his slider and would not have pitched Tuesday, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports.
Impact: Manager Ned Yost said Holland is "real close" to being ready for game action, but it's been almost a week since he last pitched, so it's hard to say when we'll next see him closing a game for Kansas City. He should still be considered day-to-day, but could very well be unavailable again Wednesday.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas gave up four runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings Tuesday against the Tigers.
Impact: He took the loss for the third time in his last four starts, but this was the first time he failed to make it out of the sixth inning over that stretch. Barring a wild collapse, Vargas should finish the year with an ERA under 3.50 and a WHIP under 1.30, which is about as good as anyone who drafted him at the start of the season could have hoped for. He'll never be a major strikeout threat, but guys who can approach 200 innings with a sub-3.50 ERA don't grow on trees. His next outing is Sunday against the Red Sox.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland (triceps) may be unavailable out of the Royals' bullpen again Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Holland has dealt with a sore triceps for a few days, and it appears he is still not 100 percent healthy. Manager Ned Yost did not rule Holland out of Tuesday's game altogether, but if he is unable to go, Wade Davis would likely get the ball in a save situation Tuesday if one arises.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland (triceps) would not have pitched in a save situation Monday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1 reports.
Impact: The Royals fell 9-5 to the Tigers on Monday afternoon anyway, so Holland owners fortunately didn't miss out on a potential save opportunity. Manager Ned Yost says that he'll be available once again Tuesday, so it doesn't appear that the closer has suffered any type of major setback. If the Royals continue to play it conservatively with Holland down the stretch, look for Wade Davis to see the majority of save situations left open, with Kelvin Herrera representing another potential candidate.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hosmer had a strong day at the dish Monday, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI.
Impact: Things had been slow for Hosmer offensively since coming off the disabled list at the start of the month, as the first baseman was hitting just .190 since his activation. The multi-hit game was his first since July 18, and brought his average up to .267 for the season.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cain broke out of his funk at the plate Monday, going 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run.
Impact: Cain was held out of the lineup for a mental day Sunday, and it appeared to have paid dividends. The outfielder's two hits Monday were as many as he had in his last seven games combined. Cain is hitting .295 with 24 steals this season.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guthrie struggled mightily Monday afternoon, allowing eight runs -- six earned -- in just 2.2 innings against the Tigers.
Impact: The veteran allowed 10 hits and struck out just one in what was the shortest outing of his season. Guthrie will now carry a 4.54 ERA into what should be an easier assignment when he makes his next start this weekend against the Red Sox.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy received positive news Monday, as an initial MRI revealed no structural problems in his ailing shoulder, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports. Duffy has been diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation.
Impact: He was removed from his last start with shoulder soreness, but it sounds like something that may just require rest. He is still likely to miss his next scheduled start, but there's a chance he could still make a couple more starts this season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ventura scattered three hits over six scoreless innings in Sunday's win over the Yankees.
Impact: Ventura's command wasn't at its best, as he had four walks and two strikeouts, but he was still able to shut down New York. The right-hander combined with relievers Aaron Crow, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis to post the shutout at Yankee Stadium. Ventura will take a 3.25 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 134:61 K:BB ratio into Friday's home start against the Red Sox.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cain is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Impact: After striking out three times in four at-bats Saturday, Cain will receive a mental day off in the series finale. Unless he enters the game late as a pinch hitter, he'll finish the series without a hit in his seven at-bats. Jarrod Dyson will man center field in Cain's stead.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Impact: Butler's lukewarm production of late will result in his removal from the lineup for the second consecutive day, with Josh Willingham manning the DH spot. While Butler's track record should allow him to reclaim primary duties at the position sooner or later, the Royals may exercise less patience with him while they look to trot out their best lineup day in and day out. He's batting .270 with a meager nine homers and 58 RBI on the season.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland (triceps tightness) said that he'll be available out of the bullpen Sunday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: While the Royals could still hold Holland out as a precaution, it appears as though he'll head into the week healthy and ready to resume his closing duties. With a 1.60 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 80 strikeouts over 56.1 innings, the 28-year-old has probably solidified himself as a top-five closer heading into 2015.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Finnegan struck out a pair during two scoreless innings of relief Saturday against the Yankees.
Impact: The rookie was making his major league debut, and it was an impressive outing to say the least. Finnegan may progressively receive an opportunity for more high-leverage situations down the stretch, although the strong nature of the Kansas City bullpen may limit the prominence of his role in the short term.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Shields surrendered just three hits in 8 1-3 innings of Saturday's 1-0 win over the Yankees.
Impact: He's won 13 games in five straight seasons and reached 200 innings in eight. More importantly for the AL Central-leading Royals, he's posted a 0.59 ERA and .148 opponents' average over his last two starts.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Duffy will miss his next turn in the Royals' rotation because of a sore shoulder.
Impact: Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that an MRI didn't show any structural damage. Duffy left his start Saturday at the New York Yankees after one pitch.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hendriks will likely replace Danny Duffy (shoulder) in the Royals' rotation, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.
Impact: The Royals are sending Duffy for an MRI, and he's expected to miss at least one start. Hendriks tossed four innings in relief of Duffy on Saturday, after Duffy left following his first pitch of the first inning, and allowed four runs (three earned) while striking out three.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy (shoulder) will be sent to Kansas City for an MRI, Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star reports. He's expected to miss at least one start, even in the best-case scenario.
Impact: According to Royals manager Ned Yost, Duffy simply couldn't get loose prior to Saturday's start. He left after throwing one pitch, and the expectation is that Liam Hendriks will fill in for Duffy as long as the left-hander is unavailable.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy was removed from Saturday's start after just one pitch with left shoulder soreness, Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: The extent of Duffy's setback remains uncertain, and it's not clear if he felt any soreness prior to the game, or if the injury occurred during the contest. Expect the Royals to provide another update on his status after the team's medical staff takes a more thorough look at his arm.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy was removed from Saturday's start after throwing just one pitch, Josh Vernier of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: It's not clear what type of setback forced Duffy from the game, but he was taken out after being looked at briefly by the team's training staff. Expect an update on Duffy's status as more details become available.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland (triceps) doesn't expect to pitch Saturday, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.
Impact: While Holland will likely be unavailable for at least another day, he said he's not concerned about the triceps soreness and simply wants to be fresh down the stretch. The Royals have several legitimate options to close -- Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Aaron Crow -- should the situation arise Saturday, but Holland should be considered day-to-day for now.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Ned Yost said Holland (triceps) "feels better" but wouldn't say whether his closer will be available for Saturday's game, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.
Impact: The team still wants to be cautious with Holland, but it sounds like there's a chance he could pitch Saturday in the right situation, and at the very least, he could be available in short order. Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Aaron Crow could all stand a chance to record a save, depending on the situation, if Holland isn't available.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willingham (ribs) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: It seems Willingham's rib cage soreness has subsided to a large extent, as manager Ned Yost has signed off on the 35-year-old returning from his six-game absence. Willingham will, however, be restricted to DH duty Saturday against right-hander Brandon McCarthy, suggesting he still may not be quite at 100 percent.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler is out of the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.
Impact: Josh Willingham will get the start at DH and Eric Hosmer will play first base Saturday. With everyone healthy, and the late-season acquisition of Willingham, manager Ned Yost is able to sit Butler more often than ever before, much to the chagrin of his owners.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aoki is out of the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.
Impact: It's just a routine day off for Aoki, who has been playing on a semi-regular basis. Carlos Peguero will get the start in right field.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willingham (ribs) remains out of the lineup Friday.
Impact: Friday's absence will mark Willingham's sixth straight, as it seem his rib issue is a bit more serious than initially let on. He took batting practice Tuesday and was reportedly available off the bench, but Willingham did not end up making an appearance during the Rangers series.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Chen has been released by the Kansas City Royals. The 37-year-old pitcher was designated for assignment Aug. 29, a day after he gave up six runs in the 10th inning of an 11-5 loss to Minnesota.
Impact: Chen began the season in the rotation, went on the disabled list with a back injury and finished 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games. He had a 47-43 record with a 4.53 ERA in six seasons with Kansas City.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis retired the two hitters he faced, both via strikeout, to preserve a 1-0 Kansas City win over the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: The Royals' bullpen has been worked hard lately, and Davis (one save, 0.72 ERA), who has been spectacular in a set-up role all season, was given a chance to log his first save of the year. He'll primarily remain the set-up man for Greg Holland, but he is a viable option when Holland needs a breather.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Royals will be cautious with Holland due to tightness in his triceps during his last appearance Wednesday, Jeff Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Holland had no issues Monday or Wednesday when he closed out his 41st and 42nd saves of the season, not allowing a runner in either inning and two strikeouts in each game. He has not allowed an earned run since Aug. 15. His availability remains a bit unclear, but he might not be able to pitch in back-to-back games until manager Ned Yost is more comfortable. Wade Davis stepped in to earn Friday's save with Holland held out of the game.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aoki was 1-for-3 with one RBI in the Royals' win over the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: He slumped in late August but may be turning it around just a bit. His RBI single in the third inning produced the only run of the game. If he can get his stroke back, he could again start seeing more regular playing time.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shields was masterful Friday night, hurling 8.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six against the Yankees in a 1-0 Royals victory.
Impact: Locked in a pitcher's duel with Michael Pineda, Shields (13-7, 3.23 ERA) was in command throughout as he needed just 97 pitches (68 for strikes) to record 25 outs. He'll face the division-rival Tigers in Detroit next time out.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon went 1-for-3 with his 19th home run of the year Wednesday in a victory over the Rangers.
Impact: Gordon is in the midst of a month long power surge, going deep 10 times since August 7. The left fielder is three home runs shy of his career-high.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas hurled 6.2 shutout innings Wednesday, scattering six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 4-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Vargas was fantastic in this one, allowing less than a baserunner per inning to help the Royals sweep the Rangers. The right-hander improves to 11-7 on the season with a 3.14 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 112:34 K:BB in 169 innings. Vargas next takes the hill Tuesday in Detroit.
Wed. Sep 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gore was recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas prior to Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Gore made his MLB debut Tuesday as a pinch-runner, a role in which he figures to receive the bulk of his action with the Royals in September. The 23-year-old has shown little polish with the bat during his four-year minor-league career, but with a 47-for-54 success rate on stolen bases this season, he'll give the team some added speed off the bench.
Wed. Sep 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Colon suffered a broken middle finger on his right hand Tuesday against the Rangers and could be at risk of missing the rest of the season, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Colon was recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas prior to Tuesday's game, but saw only one at-bat before his return to the big club turned sour. The Royals were counting on Colon to serve as their top reserve at multiple infield spots, but now that he's likely out of the picture for at least multiple weeks, the onus is on Jayson Nix and Johnny Giavotella to come through as insurance policies.
Wed. Sep 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hendriks was recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday.
Impact: Hendriks made a dazzling spot start in place of Yordano Ventura last week, covering seven innings and yielding one run on four hits and no walks. While he'll be ticketed for long relief upon rejoining the big club, he'll likely be the first man up to join the rotation in the event of another injury to a starter.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moustakas is out of the lineup Tuesday versus the Rangers, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio Kansas City reports.
Impact: Moustakas has reached base in five consecutive games, batting .222 (4-for-18) with one RBI, one run, and two walks versus one strikeout. In his place, Christian Colon is covering third base and batting ninth in the order.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guthrie gave up just one run on eight hits and zero walks in seven innings Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: He pitched Derek Holland even over seven frames, so he received a no-decision. The only other point of content from a fantasy standpoint was that Guthrie only recorded one strikeout on the night, but that's nitpicking when a pitcher with a 4.31 ERA gives up just one run in seven innings. He'll have a tougher test in his next start Monday in Detroit.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crow, who was recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas in a procedural move earlier in the day, pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the season Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: He was only used because Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera were both unavailable after pitching in three straight games, so this doesn't warrant waiver wire action.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willingham (ribs) took batting practice Tuesday and was available off the bench, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Although he was not used, it sounds like Willingham's return to the lineup is just around the corner. Keep tabs on him prior to Wednesday's game.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Perez went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in Monday's win over Texas.
Impact: He's batting .370 with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs over his last five games.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland earned his league-leading 41st save Monday, throwing a perfect ninth with two strikeouts against the Rangers.
Impact: Holland, who hadn't had a save opportunity in over a week, continues to be a stalwart at the end of a ridiculously good Royals bullpen. The right-hander's 41 saves are tied with Trevor Rosenthal and Craig Kimbrell for most in the majors.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perez went 3-for-4 Monday against the Rangers with a double, a home run and three RBI.
Impact: Perez's bat carried the Royals on Monday, knocking in three of their four runs, highlighted by his two-run shot in the third. The 24-year-old has four multi-hit performances in his last six games.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ventura allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in a victory over Texas on Monday.
Impact: Ventura showed no signs of an ailing back that sidelined him last week, throwing his signature gas Monday at the Rangers. The right-hander threw his seventh consecutive quality start while improving to 11-9 on the season. Ventura will face the Yankees on the road Sunday.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Adams was recalled by the Royals on Monday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Adams will join Carlos Peguero as the two September call-ups in the outfield for the Royals. He will be buried in the depth chart behind Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson, but center field is less crowded than the other two outfield spots, so Adams could find himself a little playing time in September in the event of an injury to the top two options.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giavotella was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Josh Vernier of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Giavotella will provide some added depth in the infield for the Royals, as he can play at both second and third base. At Triple-A Omaha, the 26-year-old hit .308/.373/.440 with seven home runs, 61 RBI and 66 runs to ago along with 20 stolen bases. He will slot in behind Mike Moustakas at third and Omar Infante at second, competing with Jayson Nix to see time at both positions as a backup.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Pena will rejoin the Royals' roster as the third catcher for the remainder of the season. He will be buried behind Salvador Perez and Erik Kratz on the depth chart, which will likely leave him with very little playing time.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willingham is dealing with soreness in a rib cage muscle and won't swing a bat until Tuesday at the earliest, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: There's some concern that Willingham might be dealing with an oblique strain, which would likely sideline him even longer than the injury the Royals believe he's currently dealing with. The team's scarce usage of Willingham after acquiring from the Twins on Aug. 11 has been surprising considering the team gave up a pretty good prospect in Jason Adam to acquire him, and his usage will likely only decline from here. Eric Hosmer returned from the DL on Monday to bump Billy Butler back to DH duties, and an ailing Willingham will have little chance at surpassing the latter on the depth chart.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Hosmer was activated from the disabled list on Monday.
Impact: Hosmer, who had been out with a fractured right hand, was 3 for 10 in two rehab games for Triple-A Omaha.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cain isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Discounting Sunday's suspended contest against the Indians, Cain has cobbled together a three-game hitting streak, during which he's hit 5-for-12 with one RBI, one run, three stolen bases, and two walks versus no strikeouts. He'll hand over center field for a day to Jarrod Dyson, who is batting leadoff.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: With Eric Hosmer back in the fold after nearly a month on the disabled list, Butler will hit the pine, at least for a day, while Raul Ibanez serves as the designated hitter. In the previous nine outings, Butler displayed power but little consistency at the plate, batting .206 (7-for-34) with two homers, five RBI, three runs, and two walks versus seven strikeouts.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aoki isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Aoki has put together a four-game hitting streak (not including Sunday's suspended game against the Indians) since his previous absence last Tuesday. During that span, he put up a .333 average (5-for-15) with one RBI and one run scored. In his place, Carlos Peguero is covering right field and batting seventh in the order.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hosmer is in the lineup upon his return to the Royals on Monday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: After resting nearly a month due to a stress fracture in his left hand, Hosmer will bat third and take on left field against the Rangers. In two rehab games at Triple-A Omaha, he belted a home run in 10 at-bats.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coleman was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Coleman will provide the Royals with another arm out of the bullpen in September. He pitched 3.2 innings with the Royals earlier in the season, allowing one earned run and four hits. Coleman will get another opportunity to pitch out of the bullpen for the Royals in September with the expanded roster.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peguero's contract was selected from Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Peguero will add depth to Royals' outfield in September, and will add some pop off the bench. In 104 games at Triple-A Omaha, Peguero hit 30 home runs and drove in 76 runs, making him a valuable option off the bench late in games.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Finnegan's contract was selected by the Royals on Monday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Finnegan will give the Royals an extra arm out of the bullpen in September. He had an impressive year in the minors this season, posting a 2.25 ERA and 1.41 WHIP at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, and the 21-year-old will now get the opportunity to showcase his stuff at the big league level after being selected 17th overall by the Royals during the first-year player draft in June.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wood was designated for assignment Monday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Wood will join Chris Dwyer as the two who will give up their spots on the 40-man roster for Carlos Peguero and Brandon Finnegan, whose contracts were selected by the Royals on Monday. He will have to pass through waivers and then will likely stick with Triple-A Omaha.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hosmer (hand) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Impact: Hosmer will rejoin the club Monday with the expanding of the rosters as the calendar flips to September. He may rejoin the lineup Monday night, but may not have guaranteed playing time in September given the moves the Royals made while he was out.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ventura (back) will return to the mound Monday night against the Rangers, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Ventura was scratched from his last scheduled start against the Twins due to upper-back stiffness, but will be back in action against Colby Lewis and the Rangers on Monday night. The young flamethrower had recorded six straight quality starts prior to missing his last outing, and owns a 3.40 ERA on the season. He's never eclipsed 150 innings in a single season over his career, but if he keeps that quality start streak going, he'll set a new career-mark Monday. The Royals will surely need Ventura if they're going to be well-equipped for both the future and a playoff run, so don't be surprised if they take it easy on the 23-year-old down the stretch.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy turned in a solid 6.2 innings Sunday night against the Indians, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Due to inclement weather, the game was suspended in the middle of the 10th.
Impact: Duffy finished up yet another strong month of work on the mound, as the 25-year-old hurler continues his breakout effort here in 2014. Across a half-dozen starts in August, the Royals' lefty went 3-1 with an impressive 2.41 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while surrendering just one home run over 37.1 innings. Duffy is slated to be back on the mound Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | STATS
News: The Kansas City Royals have optioned rookie infielder Christian Colon to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, opening a roster spot for Nix. The moves were made before Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Impact: The 32-year-old Nix hit .111 in 16 games with the Pirates. He began the season with Philadelphia.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | STATS
News: The Kansas City Royals have optioned Colon to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, opening a roster spot for infielder Jayson Nix.
Impact: The moves were made before Saturday's game against Cleveland. Colon batted .302 in 19 games with the Royals. Nix was claimed off waivers Thursday from Pittsburgh and arrived in time for Saturday's game.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: The Royals have designated Chen for assignment after six seasons with the team. Friday's move came one day after he gave up six runs in the 10th inning of an 11-5 loss to Minnesota.
Impact: The 37-year-old Chen is 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games this season. He was in the Royals' rotation when the season began, but went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon went 2 for 5 with his 17th home run and two RBIs in Thursday's 11-5 loss to Minnesota.
Impact: Gordon is hitting .320 with five home runs and eight RBIs in his last 13 games.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Mariot was placed on the 60-day DL with a strained right hamstring.
Impact: Mariot is an afterthought when it comes to fantasy baseball.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Downs has been activated from the disabled list.
Impact: Downs was out with a stiff neck.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Kansas City Royals claimed infielder Jayson Nix off waivers Thursday from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Impact: Nix hit .133 in 34 games this season with the Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies. He is a career .214 hitter in seven big league seasons. He's also played for Colorado, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland and Toronto.