Peguero has the power to help Royals’ offense ‘do some real damage’

Carlos Peguero had an impressive Royals debut Monday both at the plate and in right field.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ned Yost has been searching all season for just a little bit of offense. So it came as no surprise that the Royals’ manager quickly inserted outfielder Carlos Peguero in the starting lineup Monday just a few hours after Peguero arrived here as part of the wave of September call-ups.

Before the game, Yost explained his decision: "We sorely need some offense. We just got through playing four games where if we had just a little bit of offense, we’d have won all four of them. The pitching was great, the defense was great. So we’re just looking for a way to score some runs."

It wasn’t long before Peguero chipped in Monday. The left-handed hitter showed his opposite-field power by blasting a double off the left-field wall. He then scored on Mike Moustakas’ soft single to left to give the Royals their pivotal fourth run.

"Pretty impressive," Yost said of Peguero’s Royals’ debut. "We liked his skill set when we saw him in spring training. He’s a big, athletic guy that can run.

"He’s got a strong, powerful arm. He can hit with power. He can drive the ball out of this ballpark to all fields."

Peguero (6 feet 5, 250 pounds) showed off that arm against the Rangers. When Adrian Beltre lashed a drive off the right-field wall, Peguero fielded the carom cleanly, then threw a rope on the fly to second base, holding Beltre to a single.

It was the type of debut that likely will keep Peguero in the lineup.

Peguero, who was purchased from Seattle in January, was having a so-so year at Triple-A Omaha when he suddenly got sizzling hot in August. He hit 15 of his 30 homers for the season that month.

"He got hot, it’s as simple as that," Yost said. "He has good power; that’s why we put him in there. We don’t want him sitting around getting cooled off. We need some offense here. If we get some offense, we’re going to do some real damage."

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