News: Moustakas went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run Tuesday night against the Indians.
Impact: Moustakas hit his third homer of the season Tuesday, all of which have come in the last seven games. This time, it came off a hanging breaking pitch from Cleveland fireballer Danny Salazar in the fourth inning. Despite the recent power numbers, Moustakas continues to battle back from a slow start, and is batting at a miserable clip of .138.
Salvador Perez - #13 - Catcher - 6'3" - 242lbs
News: Perez could be a candidate for his first day off of the season this week, as the Royals' schedule features two day-night splits, the Kansas CIty Star reports.
Impact: Perez has caught every single game for the Royals this season, but after an 0-for-5 performance Tuesday night, he is now hitless in his last 21 at-bats. The recent slump has brought his batting average down to .211, and has forced manager Ned Yost to remove him from the cleanup spot, where he had been filling in for an equally-slumping Billy Butler. The recent dry spell for Perez makes a routine day off appear imminent, although Perez still stands to catch the "overwhelming majority" of games for the rest of the season.
Brett Hayes - #12 - Catcher - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Hayes could see his first start at catcher for the Royals this week, the Kansas CIty Star reports.
Impact: Hayes has taken a back seat to Salvador Perez this season, who still expects to catch the "overwhelming majority" of games this season, but the Royals' upcoming schedule may finally allow Hayes an opportunity. The Royals have day games immediately following night games on both Thursday and Sunday this week, both of which could represent Hayes' opportunities to make his debut in the starting lineup. Having only logged one at-bat up to this point in the season however, Hayes remains a non-factor in most fantasy circles.
News: Collins (elbow) reported no signs of pain following Tuesday's simulated game, and could begin a rehab assignment as early as this weekend, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Collins said after the sim game that he'd be ready to go "right now" if the Royals needed him, but the team continues to take a cautious approach with the 24-year-old reliever. After receiving some time off for his left elbow flexor strain to heal, Collins appears to be nearing a return to the Royals pen, and will help bridge the gap to closer Greg Holland.
News: Hosmer went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and a RBI Tuesday against the Indians.
Impact: Hosmer is one of the last big-name players without a home run this season, but he's giving owners a great batting average (.311). The home runs will come at some point, but instead of hitting 20-30 bombs, he'll probably just knock out 10-20.
News: Shields gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk, while recording nine strikeouts in six innings Tuesday against the Indians.
Impact: He improved to 2-2 on the season with the win, and now has 21 strikeouts over his last 14 innings. Shields has been his typical ace-like self, making 100-plus pitches in all five starts, and allowing more than one run in just one outing. His next outing is Sunday in Baltimore.
News: Infante had two of the Royals' six hits Monday.
Impact: Infante is 7 for 17 in his last four games.
News: Gordon had two of the Royals' six hits Monday.
Impact: Gordon owns a .770 OPS but hasn't homered in 10 straight.
News: Guthrie finally tasted defeat Monday.
Impact: Guthrie allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings and faces a tough O's lineup next in another much-anticipated return to Camden Yards.
News: Duffy has earned a steady role in the bullpen, the Kansas City Star reports. Said manager Ned Yost, "You throw the way Danny's throwing, you think you're going to get rid of him?"
Impact: Duffy hasn't allowed an earned run over 6.1 innings in three relief appearances for the Royals this season, striking out nine batters along the way. The 25-year-old received the call to the big leagues after Tim Collins (elbow) and Francisley Bueno (finger) were sent to the DL, as the Royals had a glaring need for lefty help in the bullpen after losing their prized tandem. Duffy surely hasn't disappointed in his time up, as he's been lights out in extended relief, and looks to have carved himself out a role for the foreseeable future, even if it's not in the starting rotation.
Francisley Bueno - #67 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 205lbs
News: Bueno (finger) will likely require a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the Royals, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Bueno is eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday, but the Royals believe that the best course of action for the lefty is to throw a simulated game, which will clear him for a rehab assignment if all goes well. Bueno still feels a bit of discomfort in the finger when throwing changeups, though his fastball and slider don't give him any trouble. If his rehab stays on track, he should return to the bullpen in early May, likely just behind fellow lefty reliever Tim Collins.
News: Collins (elbow) will likely require a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the Royals, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Collins is eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday, but the Royals believe that the best course of action for the lefty is to throw a simulated game, which will clear him for a rehab assignment if all goes well. An early-to-mid May return to the Royals' bullpen seems like the most logical timetable for the 24-year-old reliever.
News: Maxwell will be used in a platoon with Jarrod Dyson in center field until Lorenzo Cain (groin) returns, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Maxwell went 3-for-11 in three starts against the Twins last weekend, seeing his first steady playing time of the year with Cain on the DL and Dyson on the bereavement list. With Dyson back, manager Ned Yost intends for the two to split time in center field, likely limiting Maxwell to starts against left-handed pitching. Yost was consistent with this idea Monday night, as he lifted Dyson in favor of Maxwell after Cleveland lefty Marc Rzepcyznski replaced right-handed starter Zach McAllister in the seventh inning. With another righty in Danny Salazar slated to take the hill for the Indians on Tuesday, look for Maxwell to likely come off the bench once again.
News: Dyson was 0-for-1 with a run scored before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning Monday night.
Impact: Dyson has logged just nine at-bats on the season, and even with Lorenzo Cain (groin) on the DL, he likely won't be an everyday player in manager Ned Yost's lineup. Yost intends to run a platoon with Dyson and Justin Maxwell in center field, meaning Dyson will likely only be in the lineup against right-handed pitching. Yost was consistent with this philosophy Monday night, as Dyson was lifted in favor of Maxwell when Cleveland lefty Marc Rzepcyznski relieved Zach McAllister in the seventh inning. Dyson, who has stolen 30 or more bases in each of the past two seasons, has fantasy potential, but needs to prove to Yost that he can get things going at the plate if he wants to see more than sporadic playing time.
News: Dyson (personal) is back in the Royals' lineup Monday in Cleveland.
Impact: Dyson was placed on the bereavement list late last week, but after three games off, he'll take over center field from Justin Maxwell. On the season, Dyson has been contained to only eight at-bats but made enough appearances as a pinch runner to swipe two bases in three attempts.
News: Butler went 0-for-4 in the Royals' loss to Cleveland on Monday night.
Impact: Butler had been riding a five-game hit streak before Monday's dud. The DH is hitting a paltry .200 on the season, but his bat should warm up eventually. Butler is a career .297 hitter through his eight-year career.
News: Infante was productive at the dish Monday, going 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
Impact: Infante's bat has heated up of late, collecting seven hits in his past five games and driving home eight runs in his last seven contests. Infante's first season in Kansas City is off to a nice start, as the second baseman is hitting .297 with 10 RBI and a steal in his first 16 games.
News: Guthrie took the loss Monday night, allowing four runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings pitched against Cleveland.
Impact: Guthrie was victimized by two home runs for the second consecutive game. He'll carry a 4.68 ERA into his next start this weekend against the Orioles on the road.
News: Butler was 2-for-4 with two singles and a strikeout Friday.
Impact: After a cold start to the year, Butler has been hitting better, as he's now riding a five-game hitting streak and has two consecutive multi-hit games. This is an impressive turnaround, as he recorded hits in just six of his first 12 games. Butler's recent hot hitting has led to speculation that manager Ned Yost may move him back up to the cleanup spot in place of the struggling Salvador Perez, but nothing official has been announced yet.
Alcides Escobar - #2 - Short Stop - 6'1" - 185lbs
News: Escobar went 2-for-3 with two RBI and his first home run of the season in Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Twins.
Impact: Escobar reached base a total of three times in the game, walking and doubling in two of his other four plate appearances. His batting average now sits at .298 for the season, and even if Escobar can just keep himself in the .270 range, he'll have a good shot at eclipsing 30 stolen bases for the second time in his career.
News: Ventura was tattooed for four runs on six hits and four walks over four innings Sunday against the Twins, taking his third loss of the season.
Impact: Ventura had set the league aglow with dominant turns against the Rays and Astros his first two times out this season, but he looked merely mortal Sunday. He entered Sunday with just three walks and six hits allowed over 13 innings, but he matched both of those marks in just four frames of work. Ventura's arsenal of pitches is too strong for fantasy owners in most leagues to cut bait, but those who were envisioning Jose Fernandez redux may need to temper their expectations a bit.
Sun. Apr 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Chen earned his first win Saturday.
Impact: Chen allowed all four runs on eight hits and four walks, but the damage could have been a whole lot worse. The crafty left-hander twice walked the bases loaded, and his only clean inning was the first, when Brian Dozier hit a fly out that nearly left the park. He faces the Tribe next.
Sun. Apr 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon had three hits Saturday in a win over the Twins.
Impact: Gordon is 7 for 18 against the Twins.
News: Butler went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Twins.
Impact: In three games since dropping down to the six-hole in the lineup, Butler is 4-for-10 with a double, two walks, and one strikeout. Saturday's two-base knock was his first extra-base hit of the season, but he'll likely move back up in the lineup soon enough.
News: Chen struck out six and surrendered four runs over five innings, picking up his first win of the season Saturday against the Twins.
Impact: Chen allowed eight hits and four walks, so he was rather fortunate to escape with just four runs allowed and a win. His highly encouraging first start versus the White Sox has been followed up by a pair of duds against the Twins. The lefty's next outing is scheduled for Thursday in Cleveland, with Corey Kluber slated to pitch for the opponent.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Vargas was strong again in his second victory of the season Friday against Minnesota, yielding seven hits over seven shutout innings.
Impact: Vargas has been one of the most pleasant surprises in baseball thus far with a 1.24 ERA through four outings.
News: Maxwell is starting in center field and batting eighth Saturday against the Twins.
Impact: With Lorenzo Cain (groin) on the disabled list and Jarrod Dyson on the bereavement list, Maxwell gets another start for the Royals. Dyson is expected back Monday, so Maxwell is only a short-term option.
News: Hosmer went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Friday against the Twins.
Impact: Hosmer is now riding a five-game hit streak, posting a .400 batting average over that span. It appears he's ready to put his cold start behind him, and work towards being that top-tier first basemen that fantasy owners have been hoping for.
News: Moustakas was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Royals' win over Minnesota on Friday night.
Impact: He is trying very hard to put the horrible start behind him. He also homered on Wednesday and his average has crept up to a still-ghastly .140. However, there are signs of life in his bat now so a hot stretch could be something to look forward too soon.
News: Vargas logged seven shutout innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out four in Kansas City's 5-0 win over the Twins on Friday night.
Impact: The lefty continues to provide quality innings for his new team and is now 2-0 with a sterling 1.24 ERA after four starts where he has not allowed more than two runs. Always capable of solid performances but sometimes inconsistent in the past, he will try to stay in the groove next time out against the Indians in Cleveland.
News: Chen said he's ready to pitch against the Twins on Saturday.
Impact: He had his regular turn pushed back from Thursday because of a sore back.
Jimmy Paredes - #32 - Right Field - 6'3" - 200lbs
News: Kansas City recalled Paredes from Triple-A Omaha prior to Friday night's game against Minnesota.
Impact: Paredes was claimed off waivers from Baltimore in February, and was hitting .319 at Omaha. Manager Ned Yost views him as capable of playing second base, third base and any of the outfield spots.
News: Kansas City placed Dyson on the bereavement list before Friday's game against Minnesota.
Impact: Manager Ned Yost said he expects Dyson to return for Monday's contest in Cleveland.
News: Shields struck out a season-high 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
Impact: Shields (1-2, 2.00 ERA) gave up one run and four singles. He struck out seven straight batters in the late innings.
News: Chen (leg) will take the mound Saturday versus the Twins, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
Impact: Scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a tight left gluteal muscle, Chen was given the all-clear by manager New Yost on Friday. Nevertheless, Chen has been up-and-down in two starts this season, ringing in with seven earned runs on 14 hits and two walks, while striking out 10 in 10 frames.
News: Dyson (personal) will return to the Royals in time for Monday's contest in Cleveland, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
Impact: Dyson is slated to miss the minimum three games to be with his family. Once he's available, though, he could man center field on a daily basis due to Lorenzo Cain's (groin) recent placement on the DL.
News: Maxwell is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins.
Impact: Maxwell will start in center field Friday -- and likely at least the next two days -- with Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list and Jarrod Dyson on the bereavement list. He will bat eighth against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco.
Jimmy Paredes - #32 - Right Field - 6'3" - 200lbs
News: The Royals recalled Paredes from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.
Impact: Paredes was called up to take the roster spot of Jarrod Dyson, who was placed on the bereavement list. Paredes will serve as the Royals' fourth outfielder for now, but he will likely head back to Omaha when Dyson returns to the Royals.
News: Maxwell is hitless in four games for the Royals in 2014.
Impact: Maxwell has seen limited opportunities, as Royals manager Ned Yost is generally consistent with his lineup. However, with Lorenzo Cain (groin) on the DL, and Jarrod Dyson on the bereavement list, Maxwell will likely see a large bump in playing time this weekend against the Twins. If he can showcase the power/speed combination that won him a spot on the 25-man roster, he may see more opportunities to get in the lineup.
News: Dyson will be placed on the bereavement list Friday, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: With Lorenzo Cain (groin) headed for the disabled list, Dyson will likely see a major bump in playing time. It'll have to wait for now, as the bereavement list requires a player to miss a minimum of three games and maximum of seven. Thus, Dyson can be ruled out for this weekend's series against the Twins, but he may be back as soon as Monday against the Indians.
News: Shields had his best start of the season Thursday, striking out 12 over eight strong innings. He allowed just one run and four hits for his first win of the season.
Impact: Shields wasn't great in his last start, although his defense let him down with six unearned runs, so this was a huge bounce-back performance. He should continue to be one of the best fantasy options in the American League.
Justin Marks - #46 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 205lbs
News: After placing outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list, the Kansas City Royals recalled Marks from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Impact: Marks went 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in one start and two relief appearances for the Storm Chasers.
News: Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
Impact: Cain was injured trying to beat a throw to first base in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. He is hitting .333 with five RBIs and two stolen bases in 12 games this season.
News: Guthrie pitched against the Astros on Wednesday.
Impact: Guthrie allowed four runs in six innings and will face the Tribe his next time out as he tries to improve to 3-0.
News: Dyson is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Astros, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Dyson will get the nod in place of Lorenzo Cain, who will sit out Thursday and at least the next two weeks with a groin injury suffered Wednesday. Dyson figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Cain's absence, and he will have some fantasy value in even a semi-regular role, having stolen a combined 64 bases over the last two seasons.
News: Cain will be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to the groin injury he suffered Wednesday, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports
Impact: Cain is hoping to return when first eligible in early May, but he added that he won't rush back, so it ultimately remains to be seen when he will play again. Expect Jarrod Dyson and Justin Maxwell to see a boost in playing time in Cain's absence.
News: Cain (groin) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Astros, according to Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star.
Impact: Cain suffered a mild groin strain during Wednesday's game, a setback that will prevent him from playing in at least one game, and could cost him further action. It's not clear how long Cain will be sidelined, but Jarrod Dyson will man center field in his place Thursday night.
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.
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.
Danny Valencia - #19 - Third Base - 6'2" - 220lbs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Norichika Aoki - #23 - Right Field - 5'9" - 182lbs
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.
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.
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.
Brett Hayes - #12 - Catcher - 6'0" - 205lbs
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.
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.
Wade Davis - #17 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 220lbs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pedro Ciriaco - #37 - Third Base - 6'0" - 160lbs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
Donnie Joseph - #49 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 190lbs
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.
Louis Coleman - #31 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 202lbs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Francisley Bueno - #67 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 205lbs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
News: Infante had three hits Friday.
Impact: Infante is a light-hitting infielder with no fantasy value.
Norichika Aoki - #23 - Right Field - 5'9" - 182lbs
News: Aoki had three hits Friday.
Impact: Aoki was A-OK as he busted out of a 0-for-9 slump.
News: Gordon had three RBIs Friday.
Impact: Gordon is still struggling with a .503 OPS.
Pedro Ciriaco - #37 - Third Base - 6'0" - 160lbs
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.