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Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that he's going to drop Butler to the six-hole in the batting order, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Impact: Butler has been unable to get anything going at the dish thus far, as he's just 7-for-47 (.149 average) with zero extra-base hits and five RBI through 13 games. Moreover, he has just one base knock in his last 20 trips to the plate, so Yost will move him out of the cleanup spot for the time being. Salvador Perez seems like the most likely candidate to move up to the four-spot.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cain suffered a Grade 1 groin strain Wednesday night, and is considered "day-to-day," Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Cain was replaced by Jarrod Dyson in center field, who stands to pick up most of the playing time if Cain has to miss a few days. A DL stint hasn't yet been ruled out, as the Royals will likely first see how he responds to rest. Speed is a huge part of Cain's game, so he'll need fresh legs if he's going to reach his true potential, both in real-life and fantasy terms.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valencia started at third base in place of Mike Moustakas on Wednesday, and went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.
Impact: Valencia cashed in a solid outing starting in place of Moustakas, but Moose did get an opportunity to pinch hit in Wednesday's contest, and supplied the Royals with a solo home run of his own. There doesn't appear to be a position battle in play just yet, but it's a situation worth monitoring if Valencia can get hot.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moustakas was 1-for-2 with the go-ahead solo home run Wednesday night against the Astros.
Impact: After a rough start to the season, Moustakas was left out of the starting lineup Wednesday in favor of Danny Valencia, but definitely made his presence known with a pinch hit homer in the top of the 11th. Despite the big hit, Moustakas still sits on a .119 average to start the year.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland notched save No. 5 of the year Wednesday night against the Astros, allowing a hit and a walk to go along with a strikeout.
Impact: Holland made things interesting by walking the leadoff batter, but eventually settled down to record his second save in as many days. He's now thrown 40 pitches over two days, but presumably would still be available if a save situations arises Thursday.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guthrie didn't have his best stuff Wednesday night, but came away with a no-decision, allowing six hits, four runs (all earned) and two walks with four strikeouts.
Impact: Guthrie has received more run support than any other Royals' starter, which helps explain the 2-0 start despite a 4.34 ERA. He's not much of a strikeout pitcher, but there's still some utility to find here if fantasy owners use him in the right matchups. He'll take the mound against the Indians in Cleveland next time out.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas' next start will come Friday against the Twins, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Bruce Chen is battling through glute stiffness and will be given a couple days to rest the ailment, so James Shields and Vargas will move up to Thursday and Friday, respectively. It creates a bit of a dilemma for manager Ned Yost, as he'd prefer not to have two lefties in Vargas and Chen go back-to-back -- Chen is expected to start Saturday -- but the skipper doesn't think he'll be able to rearrange the rotation until the team's next scheduled off day April 28.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shields will start Thursday against the Astros, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: With Bruce Chen nursing a quad injury, Shields will toe the rubber in the series finale against Houston. Thanks to Monday's off day, Shields will still be on regular rest despite the move up.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday with a tight left glute muscle, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: While admitting that the injury affected his performance last weekend, Chen insisted that he could pitch Thursday if necessary. The team will instead give him a few days to rest up, but Chen is expected to return to take on the Twins on Saturday. James Shields will move up to oppose Scott Feldman on Thursday, with Jason Vargas opening the weekend series against Minnesota on Friday.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Cain conitnued his surge Tuesday.
Impact: Cain had two hits and is batting .342 although his OPS of .770 is not that great for such a high average.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Ventura pitched seven solid innings and finally got his first victory as the Royals beat the Houston Astros 4-2.
Impact: Ventura entered Tuesday night's game winless in four career starts dating to last season despite posting a 2.53 ERA in those games. Expect more wins if he keeps this up.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moustakas is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Moustakas is off to a miserable start this season, with just four hits in 40 at-bats, but to be fair, three of those hits have come in his last four games. With a left-hander in Dallas Keuchel on the mound for the Astros, however, it gives manager Ned Yost an excuse to sit Moustakas down. Danny Valencia will man third and bat sixth.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aoki is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Aoki will be given a day to get his head together, after going 1-for-15 in his last four games. The 32-year-old has scored just five runs so far this season, but does not appear to be in danger of losing his leadoff job anytime soon. Omar Infante will occupy the top spot in the order Wednesday, while Justin Maxwell mans right field.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Infante was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and a walk Tuesday night against the Astros.
Impact: Though Infante is generally not known for his power, the Royals' offense will take whatever it can get, as this was just the team's second home run all season. It was Infante's first extra-base hit of the year, as he's now slashing .297/.381/.378. After missing two games due to taking a pitch to the face, Infante looks to be back on track, as he's started the past four games at second base for the Royals.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland earned his fourth save of the season Tuesday against the Astros, striking out the side in the ninth inning.
Impact: Holland slammed the door on the Astros Tuesday night, providing a dominant performance in his first time on the mound since April 8. After surrendering the deciding run in his last appearance, Holland looks to be back on track, as he only needed 17 pitches to sit down the three Astros he faced.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ventura gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out seven Astros in seven frames Tuesday.
Impact: Ventura allowed his first run of the season when he threw wide of first base on a pick-off attempt in the first inning, and he gave up his second when Carlos Corporan timed a fastball for a solo home run in the fifth inning. Other than the home run, Ventura was dominant after the first inning, and remains an electric must-start option in almost all formats. He has another appealing match-up on the docket Sunday at home against the Twins.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Vargas limited Minnesota to two runs and five hits over seven innings on Sunday.
Impact: Vargas continues to look like a solid pickup for Kansas City with a 1.64 ERA through his first three outings.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayes has yet to start a game for the Royals this season, and has logged just one at-bat.
Impact: Hayes has taken a back seat to the young Salvador Perez, who has started every game for the Royals behind the plate, even on day games that directly follow night games. Manager Ned Yost has used the Royals' built-in days off to rest Perez, leaving no room for Hayes to see the field. As the season gets going and off days become few and far between, Hayes will eventually have to be used, but likely not enough to become fantasy relevant in most formats.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler was unable to break out of his slump Sunday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Royals' loss to the Twins.
Impact: Butler is now hitless in his last three games and just 6-for-39 to start the season, which is good for a measly .154 average. He has yet to hit a home run in 2014, and has just one homer in his last 41 games dating back to last season. The Royals are dead last in runs scored in the American League and Butler is doing little to help.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis was charged with a blown save Sunday after he allowed both inherited runners to score on his own error. He walked one batter and eventually struck out the side to end the inning.
Impact: Davis entered the game after Aaron Crow walked two batters to begin the eighth inning, and didn't do much to help his own cause. Even in leagues that count holds, there's not much value to find here, as Davis currently sits with a 4.26 ERA and two blown saves on his resume.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas got in seven innings of work Sunday, allowing five hits, three walks and two earned runs to go along with four strikeouts in a no-decision.
Impact: Vargas has now surrendered two runs or fewer in each of his three starts this season on his way to posting a 1.64 ERA. He's not going to rack up a lot of strikeouts, but the 31-year-old has proven he can be consistent and work deep into games. The Royals have given him just six runs of support over his first three outings however, which is why he only has one win to show for it. He'll go for win No. 2 his next time out against a tough Orioles lineup.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Shields was far from effective Saturday in a loss to the Twins, although terrible defense hurt him the most.
Impact: Shields yielded seven runs - one earned - in 5 2-3 innings. He gave up six hits and walked three while striking out five. He faces the Twins again in his next outing.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon had two hits Saturday in a loss to the Twins.
Impact: Gordon has five hits in his last 10 at-bats with just one strikeout. He is seeing the ball well.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shields fell to 0-2 for the season Saturday against the Twins, allowing seven runs (one earned) over 5.2 innings in a 7-1 loss.
Impact: Shields allowed six unearned runs in a disastrous second inning that was aided by a pair of errors, one of which the pitcher made himself. Defense was hardly the only issue, however, as he allowed a solo homer to Brain Dozier in the first inning and a three-run blast to Joe Mauer in the second. Shields' owners get an undeserved ERA boost from the performance, but he struck out just five batters, while surrendering six hits and three walks. His first two starts of the season were much, much better, and he should get back on track in his next outing, which is scheduled for Friday against the same Twins team.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Chen was roughed up in Friday's loss to Minnesota, surrendering six runs and seven hits over just 3 2-3 innings of work.
Impact: Chen has looked like two different pitchers in his first two starts. He limited the White Sox to one run and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings in his season debut.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giavotella was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
Impact: Giavotella was brought up earlier in the week as insurance for Omar Infante, who was hit in the face by a pitch during Monday's game, but Infante returned to action Friday and appears to be fine. Danny Duffy was recalled to take Giavotella's spot on the active roster.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
Impact: A promotion seemed to be on the horizon, after the Royals scratched Duffy from his scheduled start Friday, and sure enough, the lefty was added to the active roster prior to Saturday's game. The team's starting rotation is believed to be completely healthy, so Duffy, who owns a 4.75 ERA and 7.8 K/9 for his career, will likely be deployed in a long-relief role for the time being.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moustakas was 2-for-4 with a double in Friday night's loss to the Twins.
Impact: Moustakas recorded his first extra-base hit of the season Friday, to go along with his first multi-hit game of the year. Coming in to the contest, he had recorded just one hit over the Royals' previous eight games, so his performance at the plate proved to be one of the team's only bright spots of the evening.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen was roughed up by the Twins for six earned runs on seven hits through just 3.2 innings Friday night.
Impact: After a brilliant season debut, Chen certainly did not produce the follow-up he was in search of, as the Twins simply had their way with the veteran southpaw. He will be looking to bounce back when the Royals travel to Houston next week.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Infante (mouth) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Infante has not played since taking a pitch to the face in Monday's game, but he was fortunate to escape without a more serious injury, and will return to action after missing just two games. Infante will play second and bat second Friday night.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ciriaco has accepted his assignment and will report to Triple-A Omaha.
Impact: Ciriaco could come in handy down the road if the Royals find themselves in need of middle infield depth. He was designated for assignment last Saturday to make room for another arm in the bullpen, but a few days later Omar Infante was hit in the face with a pitch, potentially opening up a temporary spot. The Royals chose to recall Johnny Giavotella instead, however.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duffy will not make his start for Triple-A Omaha on Friday, leaving him available for a call-up to the Royals, Rob White of the Omaha World-Herald reports.
Impact: Duffy would presumably be joining the bullpen, as all five of the Royals' starters are thought to be healthy. The talented lefty lost out to the even-more-talented Yordano Ventura for the No. 5 starter spot in spring training, and the Royals opted to keep Duffy stretched out at Triple-A, rather than putting him in the major league bullpen. Unless there's an unreported injury to one of the starters, it would appear that Duffy is set to join the bullpen, be it within the next few days or later in the season. That, of course, does not rule out the possibility of him starting for the Royals at some point this year.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon's three-run shot, the first home run by Kansas City this season, highlight a five-run fifth inning Wednesday, and carried the Royals to a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Impact: Gordon had four RBIs and has nine in 2014.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Guthrie improved to 2-0 on Wednesday, yielding a run and four hits in seven frames.
Impact: The right-hander, who turned 35 on Tuesday, was coming off a rough start against the White Sox. But Guthrie navigated trouble in each of the first three innings, leaving five Rays on base, and then retired his final 12 batters to hand a 7-1 lead to his bullpen.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Ventura was excellent in Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay, allowing two hits and striking out six over six scoreless innings.
Impact: Ventura threw 62 of his 95 pitches for strikes and didn't walk anybody. He could be in for a big season if his 2014 debut is any indication.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hosmer was 2-for-4 with two runs scored Wednesday against the Rays.
Impact: Hosmer is off to a relatively cold start despite Wednesday's two-hit performance, as he's hitting just .238 and has yet to hit his first home run of the season. He'll look to build on this performance at Target Field when the Royals hit the road for a three-game series with the Twins, starting Friday.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guthrie earned the win Wednesday, giving up four hits, one walk and an earned run with four strikeouts over seven innings of work.
Impact: Guthrie walked just one batter on Wednesday, which is a noticeable improvement in his command from the four walks he surrendered his last time out. He doesn't have the overpowering stuff to be a major fantasy asset, but he'll eat up innings and should see plenty of opportunities for wins due to a blossoming Royals' offense. He'll take the mound against the Astros in his next time out.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Wednesday against the Rays.
Impact: Gordan's two-hit performance brought his average up to .267 on the season, and his four RBI proved to be the difference in Wednesday afternoon's matchup. His homer was the first of the season for the 30-year-old, and he's now slashing .267/.303/.433 in his first eight games of action. If the Royals plan on stepping up their offensive game this season, Gordon's success with runners in scoring position will be a key factor.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Royals manager Ned Yost is hopeful Infante will be ready to return for a weekend series at Minnesota after he was hit by a pitch in the face.
Impact: Yost said before Wednesday's series finale against Tampa Bay that Infante was seeing another doctor but that so far he had checked out OK. Infante sprained his jaw and needed six stitches to close a cut when he was hit by a pitch from the Rays' Heath Bell on Monday night. ''Omar's a tough kid,'' Yost said. ''We caught a break.''
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: The Royals have activated reliever Louis Coleman from the disabled list and recalled Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.
Impact: Giavotella was summoned from Omaha to fill in for Omar Infante, who is sidelined after getting hit in the jaw with a pitch. Giavotella was 7 for 19 in his first five games of the season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Royals optioned Joseph to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.
Impact: Joseph did not pitch after being recalled Monday, but the Royals still decided to send him down to open a roster spot. Joseph's removal from the active roster leaves the Royals without a left-hander in the bullpen, so it's possible he could be called up again in the near future with fellow southpaws Francisley Bueno and Tim Collins both out at least through April 22.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Royals activated Coleman (finger) from the disabled list Wednesday.
Impact: Coleman will return to the Royals after throwing a bullpen session Monday without issue. Coleman dazzled in 27 appearances with the Royals last season, giving up just two earned runs and posting a 32:6 K:BB ratio over 29.2 innings, so he will likely slot into a middle relief/setup role now that he is healthy.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giavotella was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Kansas City reports. He will play second base and bat second in Wednesday's game against the Rays.
Impact: Starting second baseman Omar Infante is still sore after taking a pitch to the face in Monday's game, so the Royals called up Giavotella to give the team another option at second base. It's not clear how much longer Infante will be sidelined -- he is not expected to require a stint on the disabled list -- but Giavotella figures to see most of the starts at second base until Infante returns to the lineup.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland was charged with a blown save Tuesday, giving up the lone run of the game in the ninth inning on two hits and a wild pitch.
Impact: It was Holland's first misstep of the season, and it was relatively flukey. He should bounce back in his next outing, although since he's pitched in four of the past five days, he could be due for a night off.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ventura was worth the price of admission Tuesday, tossing six shutout innings and allowing just two hits with six strikeouts against the Rays.
Impact: He got a no-decision, because the Rays' Chris Archer was also dealing, so that prevented his owners from fully cashing in. However, everything Ventura did Tuesday should encourage owners that there are more great times ahead. Perhaps the best thing to take away from the game was that he didn't walk anyone, which was the one knock on him coming into the season.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Infante has a sprained jaw and needed six stitches to close a cut opened when he was hit by a pitch.
Impact: Infante was injured during the seventh inning of Monday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay and was sent to the University of Kansas Medical Center. The Royals said Tuesday that the second baseman did not sustain a concussion. The team said he will be evaluated over the following two days and he was not likely to miss a significant amount of playing time.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Vargas allowed one run and four hits in eight innings, earning the win in Monday's 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay.
Impact: It was an impressive showing for Vargas, who now owns a 1.20 ERA through his first two starts.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giavotella was not in the lineup Tuesday at Triple-A Omaha, and will likely be recalled by the Royals for Wednesday's game, with Omar Infante (mouth) likely sidelined for a couple games, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.
Impact: Infante did not play Tuesday, with Danny Valencia manning second base, but it would make sense that the Royals would prefer to get a more natural defender at the position in the lineup.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Giavotella could be a potential option for a call-up if Omar Infante (mouth) lands on the disabled list, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Giavotella was beat out by Omar Infante for the second base job in camp, but seeing as the Royals are without a backup middle infielder on their roster, his name may be called if a roster spot frees up. Christian Colon is another potential candidate, but Giavotella is off to a hotter start for Triple-A Omaha, going 7-for-19 with five doubles in his first five games.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar was 1-for-3 with three RBI in Monday's 4-2 victory over the Rays.
Impact: Escobar gave the Royals a surge in the bottom of the sixth, launching a three-run double that put them ahead of the Rays, 4-0. Escobar has hit ninth in the order in every game this season, but with Omar Infante (mouth) set to miss a few days, there's a chance he could move up to second, where he has experience hitting in the past. This could allow Escobar a few more opportunities to produce for fantasy owners, and potentially help him break out of his early season slump.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valencia replaced the injured Omar Infante at second base Monday and will continue to play there until Infante is ready to return, the KC Star reports.
Impact: The Royals don't currently have a backup middle infielder after sending Pedro Ciriaco and Johnny Giavotella down to begin the season. Check your league's eligibility rules - in AL-only leagues, this is a bit of a windfall.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After undergoing tests overnight, Infante was diagnosed with a non-concussive head injury, a laceration on the left side of his face, and a sprained right jaw. While Infante's injuries are numerous, the Royals do not expect him to miss significant time. Danny Valencia will start at second base until Infante returns, the KC Star reports.
Impact: While both Infante's diagnosis and outlook are generally positive, he will still be held out for a couple days, and will be reevaluated Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Expect an update on his status following his next visit with team doctors.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Royals manager Ned Yost said after Monday's game that he is worried Infante (mouth) suffered either a concussion or broken jaw, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
Impact: Infante left Monday's game after taking a fastball to the jaw, and Yost's comments confirm that a serious injury is in play. The second baseman will likely undergo X-rays, and a broken jaw would presumably force him to the disabled list.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland picked up his third save of the season in Monday's 4-2 win over the Rays.
Impact: Holland entered with a three-run lead and nobody on base, needing just three outs for the easy save. He gave up one run and didn't strike out any batters, but he didn't allow any walks, and one of the two hits he surrendered was an infield single. There are a number of intriguing closer situations around the league right now, but this most certainly isn't one of them.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas held the Rays to one run over eight innings Monday to pick up his first win of the season. He struck out just two batters, but also only allowed four hits and one walk.
Impact: Vargas wanted the complete-game shutout, but he was pulled after Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist hit a home run to lead off the ninth inning. Greg Holland ran into trouble but ultimately held on for the save, giving Vargas his first win in a Royals uniform. The lefty's next outing is scheduled for Sunday in Minnesota.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Infante left Monday's game after a pitch hit him in the lower part of his face, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
Impact: Infante caught a Heath Bell fastball right to his mouth/jaw, and while the initial impact didn't look good, the second baseman did not appear to lose consciousness. He was, however, bleeding from his mouth, and a concussion or broken jaw would likely lead to a stint on the disabled list. Infante, who was fortunately able to walk off the field under his own power, will very likely undergo X-rays, if he hasn't already.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Bueno has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Kansas City Royals.
Impact: Bueno has a sprained little finger on his left hand.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Collins is headed to the disabled list.
Impact: Collins, who walked two and gave up a hit while retiring only one batter against the Chicago White Sox on April 6, is out with a flexor strain in his left elbow.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Shields suffered a 5-1 loss to the ChiSox on Sunday.
Impact: Shields gave up a run on five hits, striking out six, walking none and hitting two batters in seven innings. He was outdueled by fantasy superstar Chris Sale.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: An MRI on Collins' elbow came back negative Monday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: The scan did reveal some inflammation around the tendon in his elbow, however, which could force him out for beyond the 15-day minimum. Fortunately for the Royals, they should get Louis Coleman back from the DL in the coming days to add some stability in the bridge to closer Greg Holland.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coleman (finger) will throw a bullpen session Monday, and could be activated from the DL on Tuesday if all goes well, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Coleman increased the intensity of his bullpen session last Wednesday, suggesting that he's been doing well recovering from the bone bruise on his finger. The Royals placed both Francisely Bueno (finger) and Tim Collins (elbow) on the 15-day DL Monday, so the need for bullpen depth is certainly there. Coleman has a solid track record over three seasons with the Royals, so he should see a few opportunities to earn some holds once he's activated.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
Impact: Joseph will join the Royals' bullpen that has been hit particularly hard by injuries lately, as Tim Collins and Francisley Bueno were both put on the 15-day disabled list Monday. He likely won't see high-leverage situations out of the gates.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bueno (finger) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
Impact: Bueno must have tweaked something during the inning of relief he tossed on Sunday, as he'll head to the DL along with fellow reliever Tim Collins. Pitchers Donnie Joseph and Michael Mariot were recalled on Monday to take their places on the roster.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Collins (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
Impact: Collins surrendered three earned runs and recorded just one out on Sunday, so it seems as if something injury-related may have been bothering him. He'll join reliever Francisley Bueno on the DL, and the Royals will call up Donnie Joseph and Michael Mariot to take their places on the roster.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shields took the loss Sunday against the White Sox, allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven innings while striking out six batters.
Impact: Shields pitched well enough to win Sunday, but the Royals just couldn't muster up enough offense against Chris Sale and the White Sox. Shields led the American League with 27 quality starts in 2013, and has picked up right where he left off, already with two under his belt.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar collected his first hit of the season Sunday, going 1-for-3 at the plate against Chris Sale and the White Sox.
Impact: Escobar showed some promise this spring by posting a .310 batting average, but is just 1-for-17 to open his 2014 campaign. Fantasy owners generally rely on him for his speed more than his bat, but he'll need to get on base first if he plans on having his fourth straight season with 20 or more steals. His solid defense will keep him as a fixture in the Royals' lineup however, so Escobar should see plenty of opportunities to turn around his early-season slump.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moustakas was given the day off Sunday in favor of Danny Valencia, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Moustakas had played in every game this season prior to Sunday, so manager Ned Yost decided to rest the 25-year-old, who is hitless in 15 at-bats this year. The Royals were squaring off against the tough left-hander Chris Sale on Sunday, making it the perfect opportunity to rest Moustakas. The Royals' third baseman hopes to collect his first hit of 2014 Monday against the Twins, as he looks to improve upon the unimpressive .233 average that he posted in his 2013 campaign.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perez will play in all of the games in the approaching three-game series against the Rays, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Perez has caught every game for the Royals this season, with the only day he wasn't behind the plate being last Thursday's rainout in Detroit. The Royals have an off day this coming Thursday, so this is when the team will finally give their workhorse a day of rest. Fantasy owners have surely appreciated the 23-year-old's constant presence in the lineup early in the season, not to mention his 1.238 OPS over five games.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Chen had a strong season debut but did not get a decision in Kansas City's 4-3 win over Chicago on Saturday
Impact: Chen allowed one unearned run on six singles, walked none and struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland is a "maybe" for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Holland has pitched and recorded saves in two straight days, throwing a total of 33 pitches. He hasn't been officially ruled out yet, but if manager Ned Yost does decide to rest him, look for Kelvin Herrera to be a likely candidate to take the mound if a save situation arises.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Herrera will likely see work out of the bullpen Sunday if necessary, as closer Greg Holland is considered a "maybe," Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Herrera picked up his first hold of the season Friday, and with several Royals relievers potentially on the shelf Sunday, Herrera might have a chance at a save opportunity. Closer Greg Holland has appeared the last two days to record saves, throwing a total of 33 pitches. With his availability uncertain, and both Wade Davis and Aaron Crow getting a day of rest, Herrera will likely be one of the primary relievers used in Sunday's game. Tim Collins may also see some work, if necessary.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Collins is a likely candidate to appear out of the bullpen Sunday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Impact: Collins has made just one appearance this season, and with Wade Davis and Aaron Crow set for a day of rest, he has a good chance of getting into the game if necessary. There's not much fantasy value to find here though, outside of a daily league that awards points for holds.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis will not be available out of the bullpen Sunday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Impact: Davis will take a seat alongside Aaron Crow for a regular day of rest, leaving Tim Collins as a likely candidate to make an appearance in middle relief if necessary. The 28-year-old has pitched an inning in two straight days, including 25 pitches Saturday, so manager Ned Yost will give him Sunday off.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crow will not be available out of the bullpen Sunday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Impact: After pitching on two consecutive days, Crow will take a seat to rest his arm Sunday. Tim Collins will instead likely be used in middle relief.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland struck out two batters and allowed one walk in the ninth inning Saturday, picking up his second save of the season in a 4-3 win over the White Sox.
Impact: Holland's off to a predictably strong start, after turning in a dominant 2013.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen struck out seven batters and allowed one unearned run over 6.1 innings in Saturday's game against the White Sox, but he did not factor into the decision.
Impact: Chen left with a 3-1 lead, but Wade Davis got the win after blowing said lead. The left-handed veteran draws another friendly matchup next time out, Friday against the Twins.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Guthrie got the win Friday but did not pitch well, blaming the wind and odd weather.
Impact: Guthrie allowed four runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter in 5 2-3 innings. "It was just windy," Guthrie said. "It was never really cold. The grip is not perfect in conditions like that, but ... we're fortunate enough that we're moving around every play, so we stay pretty warm."
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Infante had three hits Friday.
Impact: Infante is a light-hitting infielder with no fantasy value.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Aoki had three hits Friday.
Impact: Aoki was A-OK as he busted out of a 0-for-9 slump.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon had three RBIs Friday.
Impact: Gordon is still struggling with a .503 OPS.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Ciriaco, who has a career .277 average over 164 career major league games, was designated for assignment Saturday by Kansas City.
Impact: The move was made to make room on the Royals' roster after they purchased the contract of right-hander Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aoki finally got his first hit of the season, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored against the White Sox on Friday.
Impact: After going 0-for-9 with three strikeouts over the first two games of the season, Aoki got off the schnide with an infield single in the bottom of the first. He proceeded to set the table all night for the Royals, reaching base three more times, and kept the White Sox's pitchers distracted throughout the game. The Royals traded for him in the offseason for nights just like this, and he should prove to be an excellent source of runs scored and stolen bases.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holland picked up his first save of the season, after tossing a perfect inning with two strikeouts, to close out the Royals' 7-5 win over the White Sox on Friday.
Impact: It was actually Holland's second appearance of the season, as he faced one batter on Opening Day and gave up the game-winning hit to Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez. The run obviously didn't belong to him. This outing was more representative of Holland's talents, and owners who were wise enough to draft him should enjoy plenty of nights like this all year. His 13.84 K/9 was second best in the majors last year, bested only by Aroldis Chapman, and he should continue to post high strikeout totals, while racking up a boatload of saves in 2014.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guthrie allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings against the White Sox on Friday.
Impact: Guthrie wasn't exactly sharp but still managed to get the job done. His command was definitely off, as evidenced by the walks and the fact that he needed 111 pitches (68 strikes) in less than six innings. It was a good time for the offense to finally click, though, and Guthrie landed his first win of the season. He'll try for a more efficient outing his next time out Wednesday against the Rays, though his track record against them isn't all that strong, with a 4.06 ERA and just a 37:19 K:BB over 51 innings in the last three years.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ciriaco was designated for assignment Saturday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Impact: Ned Yost wants an extra arm for the bullpen, so the team needed to make room on the roster. Ciriaco may be back, if he passes through waivers unclaimed, as the Royals will need another backup infielder at some point.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cain went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base during the Royals' win over the White Sox on Friday.
Impact: Cain, who has now hit safely in the Royals' first three games, is batting .333 (4-for-12) with three RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. His opportunities are likely to be limited batting down in the bottom third of the order, but owners are likely willing to accept that, if it means having him stay healthy for an entire season. Cain was limited to 115 games last year due to injury and just 61 games the year before that. He's definitely got 15-15 potential, though, if he gets in at least 150 games this year.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon went 1-for-5 with a double and three RBI against the White Sox on Friday.
Impact: Gordon had just the one hit on the night but certainly made it count, as he ripped a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the first to give the Royals a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He's only batting .185 through the first three games but does have four RBI and a run scored in that span. He should continue to post strong RBI totals now that he's locked into the fifth spot in the batting order.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Infante went 3-for-5 with one RBI and a run scored against the White Sox on Friday.
Impact: Despite suffering from elbow and shoulder problems all spring, Infante has gotten himself off to a strong start with back-to-back multi-hit games and is now batting .385 with three RBI, a run scored and a walk. The fact that he remains in some pain due to the bone spurs in his elbow should still loom large, but for now, he's doing his part to contribute to your middle infield production.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Royals' manager Ned Yost said Friday that he'd like to use Ventura out of the bullpen the next two days, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio Kansas City reports.
Impact: Ventura's scheduled start Thursday was skipped when the game was postponed due to weather and will have to wait until the Royals get through their rotation to make his next start. The young fireballer is expected to throw a side session Sunday, in addition to his prospective bullpen work, to help keep his arm strength up between starts.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thursday's game between the Tigers and Royals has been postponed, so Ventura will not make his start as scheduled.
Impact: Teams typically just push their starters back a day when a game is canceled, but unfortunately for Ventura's fantasy owners, the Royals will instead skip his turn in the rotation, and use him out of the bullpen until his next scheduled start Tuesday. Blame it on the rain.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cain went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in the Royals' loss to Detroit on Wednesday.
Impact: Currently hitting in the bottom third of the Royals' lineup, Cain may have some difficulty working his way into a more prominent spot in the Kansas City lineup following the offseason addition of Norichika Aoki, who led off Wednesday, and Omar Infante setting the table.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Herrera tossed a scoreless eighth inning against the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon.
Impact: With Luke Hochevar out for the season following Tommy John surgery, Herrera and Wade Davis are being tasked with carrying more prominent high-leverage situations for the Royals in 2014.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vargas struck out six and walked one while giving up one run on five hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Wednesday.
Impact: The veteran left-hander was extremely efficient, throwing 69 of his 106 pitches for strikes and recording 21 outs while facing just 26 batters. Vargas will face the Rays in a home start Monday before getting a second start next week at Minnesota on April 13.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Perez went 4 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI in Monday's season-opening 4-3 loss at Detroit.
Impact: It was the fourth four-hit game of Perez's career.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: The rights to Teaford were sold to the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization after it became clear he was not going to make the team out of spring training.
Impact: Terms of the sale Sunday were not disclosed. The 29-year-old Teaford was 4-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 31 appearances at Triple-A Omaha last season. He made one appearance at the major league level, and is 3-5 with a 4.25 ERA in 45 major league outings with Kansas City.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Hochevar is expected to sit out this season.
Impact: The Kansas City Royals setup man is recovering from Tommy John surgery.