Kansas City Royals — as of April 18, 2017



     Paulo Orlando, OF: April 18 – With the injury to Jorge Soler, Paulo Orlando has been getting the bulk of the playing time in RF. He’s also been moving up the batting order a bit lately, seeing 3 starts in the #6 slot in addition to his regular turn at #7. Royals recalled LHP Scott Alexander from Triple-A Omaha.

     Brandon Moss, DH, 1B: April 18 – With Jorge Soler out of the lineup, Brandon Moss is not sharing the DH duties with anyone. As a result, he’s started 9 of the team’s 13 games as the DH.


     Raul Mondesi, 2B: April 18 – Mondesi is off to a very slow start and will likely start losing playing time at 2B to Whit Merrifield, newly recalled from the minors.


     Scott Alexander, RP: Apr 12 – 2:58 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals recalled LHP Scott Alexander from Triple-A Omaha.

Alexander did not make the Royals’ bullpen out of camp despite posting a strong 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across 9 1/3 innings in the Cactus League. He’s up now, possibly for a good while.

     Whit Merrifield, 2B, OF: Apr 18 – 2:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals recalled INF Whit Merrifield from Triple-A Omaha.

The 28-year-old was off to a great start in Triple-A this year and could soon begin to take away at-bats from the struggling Raul Mondesi at 2B. However, he’s starting in RF today.


     Jorge Soler, OF: Mar 27 – 11:31 AM (Rotoworld) — Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique and will likely open the 2017 season on the disabled list.

His disabled list stint can be backdated to sometime in March so that he might only have to sit out one week of regular-season games. Terrance Gore now projects to make the Royals’ roster out of camp.

     Mar 27 – 7:08 PM (Rotoworld)– Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left oblique strain and will be held out of baseball activities for a week.

It’s the mildest of the strains and the Royals haven’t officially made a decision on a disabled list stint for Soler yet even though Opening Day is in a week. Ultimately, a stay on the DL is virtually a given here, although it sounds like there’s hope that he won’t miss much time.

     Apr 2 – 11:40 AM (Rotoworld) — Royals placed OF Jorge Soler on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Soler suffered the injury a week ago. It’s been diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain, so he shouldn’t be sidelined too long – provided he can avoid setbacks. Paulo Orlando will see most of the playing time in RF while Soler is on the shelf.

     Apr 16 – 1:24 (Kansas City Star/Rotoworld) — Jorge Soler (oblique) has started to take batting practice and, barring any setbacks, he’ll head out on a minor league rehab stint soon.

Soler was able to take batting practice and shag balls in the outfield before the game on April 15 against the Angels and he is scheduled to do so again on Sunday. Until Soler is able to return, it will be Paulo Orlando holding down the fort in RF.

     Apr 18 – 2:29 PM (Rotoworld) — Jorge Soler (oblique) suffered a minor setback while taking swings in the cages over the weekend.

Soler felt some minor tightness in his side, so the Royals are going to back off for a couple of days. Assuming the issue proves to be minor, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment in the next week or so.

     Apr 18 – 5:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals manager Ned Yost said Jorge Soler (oblique) could head out on a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

Soler suffered a minor setback last weekend while taking swings in a batting cage but he’s already back to working out and still has a chance of making his Royals debut before the end of April. Soler landed on the disabled list before Opening Day with a strained left oblique muscle. Paulo Orlando has been serving as Kansas City’s primary RF in the early going.

     Brian Flynn, RP: Feb 15 – 10:19 AM (Rotoworld) — Royals placed LHP Brian Flynn on the 60-day disabled list with a stable lumbar vertebral fracture.

Flynn suffered the injury before camp when he fell through the roof of his barn. He’s expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, so he’ll miss the start of the season.

     Hunter Dozier, OF, 3B: Apr 2 – 11:36 AM (Rotoworld) — Royals recalled 3B/OF Hunter Dozier from Triple-A Omaha and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Apr 2 – 6:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Sunday that Hunter Dozier is dealing with a Grade 2 oblique strain.

He suffered the injury while swinging during a Cactus League game earlier in the week. He’s expected to be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks and isn’t likely to be an option for the Royals until June.

     Terrance Gore, OF: Apr 10 – 8:26 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals optioned OF Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

When the Royals broke Spring Training camp, Gore had been added as the last player, replacing the injured Jorge Soler. He  appeared only as a pinch-runner early on this season.

     Matt Strahm, RP: Apr 11 – 4:06 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals optioned LHP Matt Strahm to Triple-A Omaha.

Strahm surrendered seven earned runs in 1 1/3 innings (three appearances) out of the Kansas City bullpen, for an ERA of 47.25. The 25-year-old LHP showed promise last season at the major league level but it might be a while before we see him again.

     Jake Junis, RP: Apr 16 – 6:50 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals optioned RHP Jake Junis to Triple-A Omaha.

The 24-year-old hurler appeared in just one game in his short time with the big league club, after being called up from the minors on April 12. He allowed one hit and a pair of walks in a scoreless inning of work. He should get another opportunity in Kansas City later in the season.

     Apr 12 – 3:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals recalled RHP Jake Junis from Triple-A Omaha.

Junis was working as a starter at Omaha but he’ll act as a long reliever at the major league level.


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