Kansas City Royals Player News: All Positions

News: Starling is not starting Monday against the White Sox.
Impact: Starling started three straight games after getting promoted for the start of the second half. He's gone 2-for-10 with a walk so far. Billy Hamilton takes over in center field.
News: Flynn (2-1) gave up seven runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three through two innings to take the loss against the Tigers on Sunday.
Impact: Flynn allowed one run in his first two innings before allowing four hits and hitting two batters without recording an out in the third inning. The 29-year-old was put in a tough situation, making his first start in the majors since 2016 and given minimal time to prepare for a spot start after Homer Bailey was traded to Oakland less than an hour before his scheduled start. Flynn has a 2-1 record with a 5.18 ERA through 24.1 innings this season.
News: Flynn is slated to start Sunday's game against the Tigers after Homer Bailey (undisclosed) was a late scratch, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: The Royals announced Bailey was unavailable just over a half hour prior to the series finale, leaving Flynn with minimal time to prepare for his first big-league start since 2016. Flynn has topped out at four innings and 78 pitches over his eight appearances in the majors this season, so those likely represent the upper bounds of his workload for the spot start.
News: Bailey was a late scratch ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the Tigers due to an undisclosed reason, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: The Royals announced Bailey's scratch just over a half hour before game time. Expect the team to provide further clarity on the rationale behind the decision later Sunday. Long reliever Brian Flynn will start in Bailey's stead in what likely amounts to a bullpen game for Kansas City.
News: Cuthbert is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
Impact: Cuthbert will sit for the first time in four games while Lucas Duda receives the starting nod at first base. Since joining the big club in late May, Cuthbert is slashing .286/.312.444 with five home runs in 34 games. He should continue to stick ahead of Duda on the depth chart.
News: Starling will start in center field and bat seventh Sunday against the Tigers.
Impact: In the lineup for the third straight game since his callup from Triple-A Omaha, Starling looks like he'll get a fair shake as the Royals' everyday center fielder while Billy Hamilton serves in a depth role. Through his first two big-league contests, Starling has gone 1-for-6 with a walk, run and RBI.
News: Maldonado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: He's merely receiving a breather after starting behind the plate the past two days. Backup backstop Cam Gallagher will work in a battery with Homer Bailey in the series finale.