Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who has played in just two of the Royals last 19 games, is back on the disabled list for the second time this season. But, this time, he won’t be returning as his once-labeled day-to-day bruised knee is now a season-ending torn ACL.
Moustakas’ injury presumably happened on Sunday’s collision with Alex Gordon when the two collided attempting to catch a pop fly in foul territory. Gordon will most likely miss 3-4 weeks as a result of the collision with a broken bone in his hand/wrist. Moustakas had been trying to come back from his ailment, originally listed as a knee contusion, before undergoing an MRI due to lack of lateral movement and receiving this news today.
To take his spot with the big league club, the Royals called outfielder Brett Eibner from AAA Omaha. Eibner has a .309 batting average in the minors so far in 2016 and has an on base percentage of .411. He has 10 home runs and 4 doubles as well. This will be Eibner’s first stint in the big leagues as the 27 year old has spent his entire 6-year career in the Royals farm system. Eibner was listed as the Royals DH for tonight’s game against before the rainout against the White Sox, and batting eighth as the struggling Kendrys Morales, hitting .146 this month, was out of the lineup again, reportedly with a sprained right middle finger.
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