Two days before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Royals sent outfielder Brett Eibner to the Oakland A’s in exchange for center fielder Billy Burns. In making the deal, the Royals acquired a cost-controllable center fielder with major-league experience in exchange for a 27-year-old who made his big-league debut this season.
On Friday night at Globe Life Park, Edinson Volquez allowed six runs in six innings against the Texas Rangers. Three of those runs came in the bottom of the first. The Royals suffered another loss in this lost July, falling 8-3 to the Rangers in the second game of a four-game series.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain returned from the disabled list Friday. He hasn’t played for the Royals since June 29 because of a left hamstring strain. The Royals were 9-16 while Cain was on the DL.
As the trade deadline approaches, the Royals have expressed a willingness to listen to potential offers for their players. Closer Wade Davis could command a massive return in a trade, but Royals officials also say they’re focused on winning in 2017.
Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar is showing signs of thoracic outlet syndrome, a neurogenic issue that is caused by the compression of nerves near the neck and shoulder, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. He was replaced by Brooks Pounders, recalled from Class AAA Omaha.
Rookie Raul A. Mondesi recorded his first two big-league hits Wednesday, his 21st birthday. The first sparked a four-run burst in the seventh inning. The Royals improved to 49-51 after a forgettable homestand.
Delino DeShields’ solo home run off Kansas City reliever Luke Hochevar was the difference as the Texas Rangers beat the Royals 2-1 on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium to win the three-game series two games to one. Texas limited the Kansas City offense to just one run on a Kendrys Morales homer in the fourth. With the loss, the Royals’ record dropped to 48-49.
Nick Collison looked like a Kansas City native as he walked to the grass in front of the mound at Kauffman Stadium. A heather gray Charlie Hustle KC Heart t-shirt, a Royals cap, an un-buttoned Royals jersey and jeans — the Oklahoma City Thunder forward looked every bit like he belonged as he tossed the first pitch.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain continued his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained June 28. That included a sacrifice on Thursday, as he stayed in Kansas City while the rest of his teammates traveled to Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House.
The Kansas City Royals were praised Thursday at the White House by President Barack Obama, who spouted off a number of the team’s signature phrases, like “That’s what speed do.” But Obama said the Royals need to work on the players’ nicknames. He also touted the Royals’ involvement in the Urban Youth Academy.
Cleveland tagged Royals starter Ian Kennedy for four home runs, more than enough fireworks in an 11-4 blowout victory on a hot, humid Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals, 47-47, fell to .500 for the first time since June 10, and when they arrive in Washington, D.C. later Wednesday night, they will sit nine games behind the first-place Indians in the AL Central.
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer will miss the rest of the season and return for spring training in 2017. His 2016 season has been marked by shoulder fatigue and inconsistent velocity. The injury is becoming more commonly diagnosed in baseball pitchers.
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