When it rains, it pours for Billy Butler

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After enduring a week of criticism and backlash regarding the thumping he took at the hands of Danny Valencia, Butler finds himself in an ongoing battle in the media and with fans alike. A number of former teammates have come to the defense of Danny Valencia, including Eric Hosmer, and Mike Sweeney was added to the list of those going on the offense toward Billy. “When I saw that Billy and Danny got in a fight, it did not surprise me. Billy is a great-hearted guy. He’s like a 31-year-old kid that can hit, that wakes up and says I’m going to go out and get two hits today. Sadly, whether we win or lose, it wasn’t at the top of the list for Billy, as far as my experiences with him. But he’s a great-hearted guy, he’s just not a team guy. I felt the same with Danny.” Valenica himself, a known clubhouse cancer, as Sweeney alluded to - and multiple teams giving up on him despite producation is proof of that - but for whatever reason, Butler is the victim of mob mentality attacks, not [Read more...]

Royals call up top prospect Raul Mondesi, Jr, option Whit Merrifield

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The Royals announced that top prospect Raul Mondesi Jr has been called up to the big league club. In order to make room for Mondesi, it was announced that Whit Merrifield has been optioned to AAA Omaha. The Merrifield, the once-rookie sensation labeled "2-hit Whit" - 24 multi-hit games in his first 42 games, demotion is a bit of surprise due to his versatility. The Royals could have sent down Christian Colon or Brett Eibner, but Merffield, in a current 1-17 (.059) slump and slashing .170/.241/.245 in July, is in a slump, so it makes the decision much easier. He hit .339/.356/.496 through 27 games, but hit a wall and has hit .189/.245/.242 since (26 games). Mondesi, the middle-infielder and the organization's consensus No. 1 prospect, is hitting .268/.322/.469 with 7 HR, 30 RBI and 24 SB in 52 games in minors in 2016. The switch-hitter was suspended for 50 games by Major League baseball in accordance with the leagues Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program earlier this season when [Read more...]

Give up on these Royals? Please…

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Most Royals fans have felt disappointment with the 2016 season thus far. There has been good reason, but please, just sit back for a moment…and think about perspective. Imagine if you will the Royals are a team together pulling a sled in a race. The sum of all the parts being the speed they are capable of reaching. Only the fastest teams move on to the next leg of the race. Last season they almost to a man found a way to provide to the group effort as a whole. Omar Infante and Alex Rios were possible exceptions. Jeremy Guthrie found himself out of gas as he limped towards the twilight of his career, but all in all, it was a united effort. Whenever one or two found themselves struggling to keep up, there were always plenty of other doing more than their part to make up for the slack.  The 2016 season has proven different. As the year started, all Royals players shot out of the gate with the intentions of doing their part. Some lagged behind. Infante stumbled alongside the sled and [Read more...]

Playing with NL rules, Ned gets creative with lineup, sticks Morales in RF

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Royals normal DH Kendrys Morales will get to try his hand playing outfield tonight when the Royals face the Cardinals in St. Louis for an interleague game. In an attempt to keep his hot bat rolling in the Royals lineup, where he is hitting third, Ned has gotten creative. Lets just hope it is not at the expense of a usually superb outfield defense. There was some talk last year about Morales possibly being able to play in the outfield after Rusty Kuntz observed him playing there while shagging fly balls and remarking that he looked surprisingly capable. For what it is worth, this isn't a COMPLETELY alien position for Morales, as he does have 18 games there in his 10 seasons of Major League Baseball, compiling a total of 76 innings and has played them without recording a single error. But, he has not played there since 2008. Morales also was a center fielder during his time in Cuba, thought that was a few pounds and several years ago. The Royals find themselves short one less [Read more...]

Lorenzo Cain to DL, Eibner recalled

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Royals starting center fielder Lorenzo Cain is headed to the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Cain underwent an MRI today after pulling up lame in Tuesday's game with the Cardinals. The injury occurred when he was attempting to leg out a hit and beat the throw to first base. Immediately after the play, it was obvious he had hurt himself. Taking his place on the big league roster will be Brett Eibner, who was sent back down to AAA Omaha upon the return of Alex Gordon on Saturday. Eibner has performed well in his short stints with the Royals this season, and was hitting .297 with a .514 slugging percentage before being sent back down, but just .208 in seven games after activation from the DL. The Royals (40-36) play the last two games of a home and home 4-game series with the Cardinals, starting tonight in St. Louis. Eibner is a natural CF, so it'll be interesting to see if Ned Yost goes with him out there, or Dyson and Orlando. Knowing Ned, he'll likely go with Dyson, but he'll [Read more...]

Eibner hits the DL, Young returning to rotation

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The Royals announced today that they have recalled outfielder Reymond Fuentes and pitcher Peter Moylan from AAA Omaha. To make room for the roster additions, outfielder Brett Eibner has been placed on the 15-day disabled list following his injury in yesterday's game. Dillon Gee has also been optioned to AAA Omaha. Eibner came up lame in the 5th inning while chasing down a ball, and tumbled to the ground in obvious pain. He was unable to leave the field under his own power and was carted off with what was described as an ankle sprain for now. Initially, the injury has been called an ankle sprain. Eibner had been having a fantastic week since replacing the injured Alex Gordon, batting .462/.500/.692 in limited action. Half of his 6 hits had gone for extra bases and he had several clutch plays in the Royals come from behind victories over the White Sox. He was the first rookie in MLB history to record to hits in a ninth inning, with one as a walk-off and the first player to achieve the [Read more...]

Moose’s Season Ends with Torn ACL

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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 [Read more...]

Gordon headed to DL (wrist), Moose day-to-day after Sunday’s collision

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Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is headed to the disabled list after finding out he has a broken scaphoid bone in his hand/wrist. He will likely be out 3-4 weeks. To take his place on the roster, the recently sent down Cheslor Cuthbert will return to the big league club. Cuthbert is expected to arrive with the club around 6pm at Target Field, and until then, Gordon won't officially be placed on the DL. With the anticipation of his late arrival, due-it-all Whit Merrifield will be in the lineup tonight, playing 3B and hitting second for Mike Moustakas, who is also injured as result of the collision in Sundays matchup in Chicago. Moose is listed as day to day with a knee contusion as a result of the incident. Dyson is in LF tonight in Gordon's absence. Merrifield, Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando will most likely be shuffling between left and right field going forward, unless an outfielder, such as Rey Fuentes or Brett Eibner. Sundays injury is yet another setback in an already [Read more...]

Was Royals Prospect Mondesi Jr. Popped with PED suspension over a cold medicine?

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Consensus No. 1 Royals and Top 100 Prospect, middle infielder Raul Mondesi, Jr, has been given a 50-game suspension, without pay, after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. The drug in question is said to be Clenbuterol. This is typically used for people with respiratory conditions and is neither a steroid or a hormone according to anabolic.co. It works in much the same fashion as the more popular albuterol - a prescribed asthma medication. Clenbuterol is a popular drug among body builders and athletes for its ability to help cut weight and body fat by increasing the body's metabolism, which is why it is often listed as "performance enhancing." General Manager Dayton Moore stated Mondesi tested positive through an "innocent mistake" most likely due to a case of taking the wrong medicine with a cold. The medical benefits of the drug do not seem conducive to much of a performance boost for an athlete like Mondesi making this explanation at least somewhat palatable. And, [Read more...]

Freaking Out About the Royals!

The defending WORLD Champion Kansas City Royals find themselves 3.5 games back of the Central Division leading Chicago White Sox after the first 21 games of the  2016 season. Those 21 games represent 13% of the year, meaning a sizeable chunk is already in the books. They still maintain the T-3rd best record in the American League, but that will not stop the fan-base from finding ways to panic, especially given the nature of the most recent sweeping at the hands of the Angels. The Royals have not yet seemed to hit their stride in the young season, as many of the hitters are struggling, the bullpen has had trouble getting set and even the starting rotation has experienced hiccups. Like a college kid the morning after a big party, the Royals still find themselves attempting to wake from the inebriation of a World Series victory. They will eventually get going. All will be ok….but…in the meantime, lets go ahead and look at some things we can "freak" out about based on a whopping 21 [Read more...]