Kansas City Royals News
Royals right fielder Alex Rios will miss at least the next two games because of a jammed right thumb -- the same injury that saddled him for much of the 2014 season.
Veteran catcher John Buck, who was in Spring Training camp with the Braves, announced his retirement Thursday in order to spend more time with his family.
Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele and his son, Justin, a White Sox Minor Leaguer, exchanged lineup cards Wednesday night and saw each other from opposing dugouts.
Left-hander Jason Vargas turned in a solid six-inning outing, but the Royals managed little against some of the White Sox best young pitching prospects in a 6-0 loss on Wednesday night at Surprise Stadium.
Right-hander Yordano Ventura, who had a breakout season for the Royals in 2014, will start on Opening Day on April 6 against Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox.
Royals right-hander Chris Young threw four innings in a Minor League game on Wednesday, reaching 64 pitches. He also threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen afterward.
Luke Hochevar had Tommy John surgery a year ago but stayed with the Royals all season during his rehab. And Hochevar was there in Chicago in late September when the Royals clinched a playoff spot, and he joined in on the celebration. Tim Collins just had Tommy John surgery earlier this month, and hopes to experience the same scenario.
In the past two decades, the Royals have enjoyed just three winning seasons and signed and developed just three pitchers who could manage 10 victories in a single year for Kansas City. Those two developments aren't unrelated, though the future looks brighter in both regards for the defending American League champions.
Hall of Famer George Brett still enjoys being a part of the game and welcomes the chance to put the uniform back on every spring to work with the Royals. But when he decided his career was over, it was over.
The Giants batted around to score four second-inning runs during a rare offensive outburst Monday as they outlasted the Kansas City Royals, 8-3, in a rematch of last year's World Series.
In 98 professional outings, Royals left-hander Brian Flynn has been a reliever exactly once, and that came last year in a brief stint with the Marlins. But Flynn is now trying to prove to the Royals that his greatest value to the team is out of the bullpen. Flynn is making a strong case, to say the least.
Royals manager Ned Yost hinted Monday morning that he's now likely leaning toward carrying a seven-man bullpen. The organization has pondered the notion of an eight-man bullpen for much of the spring.
Royals right-hander Christian Binford throws strikes -- not just strike one, either. He is around the plate, gets great movement and sink on his pitches and he induces swings and misses as well as lots of ground balls. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but the 22-year-old's command and control are superb.
Royals second baseman Omar Infante was in the lineup at second base Monday for the first time in Cactus League action this spring.
The Royals made a round of nine roster cuts after Sunday's 4-2 victory over a Giants split-squad at Surprise Stadium, and the biggest name was left-hander Brandon Finnegan, who was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
The Royals didn't particularly look like a fluke when they won the AL pennant in 2014. Far from being a one-hit wonder, they see in themselves the possibility of taking the one ultimate step they didn't take last October.
Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar could start the season on the disabled list and ultimately continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery in the Minor Leagues, manager Ned Yost said on Sunday morning.
Danny Duffy pitched into the sixth, and Alex Rios continued his strong spring with a couple of hits and an RBI in Sunday's 4-2 Royals win over the split-squad Giants.
Two of the Royals' most important pitchers got their work done behind the scenes Saturday, but both took solid steps toward the opening of the regular season.
Alex Gordon's first real day at the office came with no surprises attached. It's just what Gordon and the Royals wanted.
Brett Eibner and Erik Kratz each hit home runs, but the Royals lost to the White Sox, 6-4, on Saturday on Courtney Hawkins' walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
Manager Ned Yost and the rest of the observers from the dugout in Peoria on Friday night seemed to be as blown away by the two-inning, five-strikeout relief performance of Louis Coleman as the hitters Coleman struck out (Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Yonder Alonso and Jedd Gyorko).
Royals manager Ned Yost has been thinking about giving Salvador Perez more days off from catching since December and probably earlier. But Yost mentioned it on the first day of the Winter Meetings, and he mentioned it again Saturday at Spring Training.
Chris Young added a solid three innings Friday to a Spring Training resume that has impressed the Royals.
Chris Young struck out three over three innings of work and Eric Hosmer hit a two-run double against the Padres on Friday night.
Ryan Madson, who hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2011, has impressed the Royals so far in Spring Training.
Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is back on schedule after missing a game with a stomach illness.
Alex Gordon played in a Minor League game on Friday in his recovery from wrist surgery, and he's expected to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.
Even the words sound ugly: "ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction." Probably why they call it Tommy John surgery. It can't be easy. Right-handers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy ought to know.