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  • Bobby Witt Jr. Sitting Out Against Red Sox

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Boston Red Sox. It appears to be a normal day of rest for the 22-year-old youngster, who is slashing .257/.300/.456 with 15 home runs, 53 RBI, 54 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in his first 373 major league at-bats. He should be back in there on Saturday. In his absence, Nicky Lopez will handle shortstop duties and will hit ninth in the lineup against Red Sox right-hander Josh Winckowski on Friday. Lopez is a DFS option that should be avoided. The 27-year-old is still searching for his first round-tripper of the season and is hitting .249/.308/.297 with 13 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 313 at-bats for the Royals.

    Aug 5 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Salvador Perez Drives In Four Runs

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been on a tear at the plate since returning from the injured list. On Thursday, he went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the win over the Boston Red Sox. The veteran catcher smacked an RBI single in the fifth inning off Nick Pivetta. He followed that up with a three-run homer that hit off the left field foul pole in the seventh inning. Perez has four home runs in his last seven games, so fantasy managers better make sure to keep him in their lineups.

    Aug 5 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Royals Select Nate Eaton

    The Royals have selected Nate Eaton onto the big league roster, per a club announcement. Maikel García was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to open an active roster spot, while the team transferred outfielder Edward Olivares from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Eaton is up for the second time…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Nate Eaton
  • Royals Select Michael Massey's Contract

    The Kansas City Royals selected infielder Michael Massey's contract on Wednesday from Triple-A Omaha. Massey, 24, previously made his Major League debut this season, collecting three hits in eight plate appearances for the Royals. In 143 plate appearances with Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate, he hit .325 with a .392 on-base percentage, seven home runs and four stolen bases. With Whit Merrifield now a member of the Blue Jays, there's the potential for Massey to see consistent playing time if he can produce. The club also recalled catcher Sebastian Rivero from Double-A Northwest Arkansas and transferred left-handed pitcher Angel Zerpa to the 60-day injured list.

    Aug 3 · Source via Royals Michael Massey
  • Padres, Royals Swap Brent Rooker, Cam Gallagher

    The Padres have traded outfielder Brent Rooker to the Royals for catcher Cam Gallagher, according to Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rooker, 27, is an outfielder who has hit well at every level he’s played, with the notable exception of the big leagues. Drafted by the Twins in 2017, he made it to the…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Royals Cam Gallagher Brent Rooker
  • Whit Merrifield Traded To Toronto

    Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. This is a bit of an odd move considering Merrifield's vaccination status. All players who play in Toronto must be vaccinated and Merrifield missed a series earlier in Toronto due to his status. Regardless, the Royals will receive infielders Samad Taylor and Max Castillo in exchange for Merrifield. Sadly, the Royals didn't get a great return on Merrifield due to his down year he's having at the plate. Right now, Merrifield is slashing .240/.290/.352 with six home runs and 15 stolen bases through 95 games. Possibly, a move to Toronto will help increase his fantasy value. The Blue Jays do have a better lineup, so Merrifield might get more chances with runners in scoring position.

    Aug 2 · Source via Royals Blue Jays Whit Merrifield
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Back In Action Tuesday

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hand) is back at shortstop and is hitting second on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox and right-hander Lucas Giolito. Witt sat out on Monday with a minor hand injury, but his fantasy managers will be able to get him back into their lineups on Tuesday. The 22-year-old has played in only five games since the All-Star break because of nagging injuries, and he's gone 5-for-19 (.263) with a homer, four RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases in that time. Overall, the first-year MLB player is slashing .255/.299/.452 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI, 51 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. Get the youngster back in your lineups in single-year formats.

    Aug 2 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Royals Won't Trade Zack Greinke

    Kansas City Royals future Hall of Famer Zack Greinke could probably help a contending team this year, but the Royals have decided not to deal him. The rebuilding Royals will keep the 38-year-old veteran around to close out the 2022 season. In 17 starts (87 2/3 innings), Greinke has gone 3-6 with a 4.41 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 50 strikeouts and 18 walks. He still has pinpoint control with his pitches, but a career-low 13.4 percent strikeout rate has made Greinke pretty much useless in fantasy towards the end of his career. He would've been a bit more intriguing if pitching for a contender the rest of the way, but it looks like that won't be happening.

    Aug 2 · Source via Royals Zack Greinke
  • D-Backs, Royals To Swap Luke Weaver For Emmanuel Rivera

    The Royals and Diamondbacks are nearing agreement on a deal that’ll send right-hander Luke Weaver to Kansas City for infielder Emmanuel Rivera, reports John Gambadoro of 98.7FM radio in Phoenix (Twitter link). More to come.

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Diamondbacks Emmanuel Rivera Luke Weaver
  • Bobby Witt Jr. To Sit Out On Monday

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring, hand) was hit by a pitch in the hand and forced to exit early during Sunday's game. Now, the Royals are going to play it safe and keep Witt out of the lineup for Monday's contest. He has been dealing with a hamstring issue as well, so the Royals don't want to risk it. This doesn't sound like the type of injury that is going to force Witt to the injured list. Fantasy managers should expect Witt back in the lineup within the next day or two.

    Aug 1 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Royals Acquire Anthony Misiewicz

    The Mariners announced that they have traded left-hander Anthony Misiewicz to the Royals for cash considerations. The lefty had been designated for assignment yesterday. Misiewicz, 27, seemed to have a nice breakout during the 2020 season, throwing 20 innings out of Seattle’s bullpen during that shortened campaign with a 4.05 ERA, with a 28% ground…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Mariners Anthony Misiewicz
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Returns Against Yankees

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) is back in the starting lineup on Saturday against New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes, serving as the designated hitter and batting second in the lineup. Fantasy managers were beginning to wonder if Witt would require a trip to the injured list after he missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, but he'll return on Saturday after ramping up baseball activities on Friday. The 22-year-old's five-category upside makes him an everyday starter in single-year fantasy leagues. In his first big-league season, he's hitting .258/.301/.459 with 14 long balls, 51 RBI, 51 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 353 at-bats.

    Jul 30 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Salvador Perez Blasts Homer In Return

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez returned to the lineup with a bang during Friday's contest against the New York Yankees. The veteran catcher had been sidelined since June 24th due to the fact he needed surgery on his thumb. Now, Perez is back and wasted little time making his presence known. He went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run during the loss to the Yankees. The 424-foot blast came in the fifth inning off ace pitcher Gerrit Cole. The 32-year-old is hitting .211/.254/.436 with 12 homers and 37 RBI this season. Hopefully this game was a sign of good things to come for Perez.

    Jul 30 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Remains Out Friday

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) is still out of the starting lineup on Friday against the New York Yankees. Witt will miss his fifth straight game with a hamstring injury, but he's expected to avoid a trip to the injured list. If the 22-year-old can't return at some point this weekend, that could change quickly. It remains to be seen if he'll be available off the bench on Friday. Shortstop prospect Maikel Garcia was called up from the minors this week and started in his first MLB game on Thursday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Garcia has struck out twice in his first five plate appearances. With Witt out again, he's starting at the 6 and hitting eighth against Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole on Friday.

    Jul 29 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Salvador Perez Reinstated From Injured List

    The Kansas City Royals reinstated catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) from the injured list on Friday and optioned infielder Emmanuel Rivera to Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move. Perez is back behind the plate and is batting third on Friday against New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole. The 32-year-old veteran had surgery to fix the UCL in his left thumb on June 24, and he was originally expected to be out around eight weeks. Fantasy managers will be hoping that Perez can be more consistent at the plate than he was in the first half of the season, when he slashed .211/.254/.426 with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and 25 runs scored in 236 plate appearances over 57 games.

    Jul 29 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Brady Singer Strikes Out 10 Yankees In No-Decision

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer was outstanding on Thursday as he held the Yankees to one hit over seven-scoreless frames. Unfortunately his offense couldn't muster up any support as he settled for a no-decision in what ended being a 1-0 walk-off win for New York. Singer struck out 10 on the evening and walked just one batter in his 99-pitch effort, giving him a superb 22/3 K/BB over his last two games combined. The 25-year-old is starting to put it together in his third big-league season as he currently sits with a 3.51 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 91 K through 84 2/3 innings of work. Singer will look to keep up his momentum for his next scheduled start versus the White Sox next week.

    Jul 29 · Source via Royals Brady Singer
  • Salvador Perez Expected To Rejoin Team Soon

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) should get some more at-bats in a minor league game on Thursday, but manager Mike Matheny said that Perez is tracking towards a return to the team soon. Perez began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday after taking batting practice over the weekend, and there's a chance the 32-year-old backstop could return to the Royals lineup at some point this weekend. He's been out since June 24 after having surgery on his left thumb. Perez was initially anticipated to miss around eight weeks, but it looks like he'll return well before that timetable. When he's activated, he'll return to a .211/.254/.426 slash line, 11 home runs, 34 RBI and 25 runs scored this year.

    Jul 28 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Still Out Against Yankees

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the New York Yankees. Witt will miss his fourth straight game, but he did some running on Wednesday and has a good chance of avoiding a stay on the injured list. The Royals recalled infielder Maikel Garcia from Double-A Northwest Arkansas, and he will make his first MLB start at shortstop while hitting eighth against Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon on Thursday. Garcia made his big-league debut on July 15 against the Toronto Blue Jays and struck out in his only plate appearance. The team's No. 19 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, was hitting .291/.369/.409 with four home runs, 33 RBI, 63 runs scored and 27 stolen bases in 78 games for Northwest Arkansas before his call-up.

    Jul 28 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Yankees Finalizing Deal For Andrew Benintendi

    The New York Yankees are finalizing a deal on Wednesday night to acquire outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals, according to sources. MLB Network's Jon Heyman is reporting that minor league pitchers Chandler Champlain, Beck Way and T.J. Sikkema are headed to the Royals in exchange for Benintendi. The 28-year-old Benintendi was an All-Star for the first time this year, and he's slashing .320/.387/.398 with three home runs, 39 RBI, 40 runs scored and four stolen bases on the season. He should be a regular in New York's outfield the rest of the way, and he'll be a boost with Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) recently landing on the injured list. Benintendi's counting stats should receive a notable boost in the Bronx. Sikkema and Way were the Yankees' No. 19 and 20 prospects, respectively, per MLB Pipeline.

    Jul 27 · Source via Royals Andrew Benintendi
  • Vinnie Pasquantino Out With Thumb Discomfort

    Kansas City Royals rookie first baseman/designated hitter Vinnie Pasquantino (thumb) is dealing with right thumb discomfort, which is why he's not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. He felt it on a swing on Tuesday but is "feeling better today," according to skipper Mike Matheny. Fantasy managers should consider the 24-year-old day-to-day for now. Pasquantino has struggled in his first 25 major league games, going 19-for-90 (.211) with 17 strikeouts, three home runs, five RBI and eight runs scored in 104 plate appearances. Andrew Benintendi will serve as the designated hitter and bat third on Wednesday, while Ryan O'Hearn is at first base and hitting fifth against Angels right-hander Janson Junk.

    Jul 27 · Source via Royals Vinnie Pasquantino prospects
  • Angel Zerpa Lands On Injured List

    The Kansas City Royals placed left-hander Angel Zerpa (knee) on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday with a right knee injury. Zerpa left his start against the Los Angeles Angels early on Tuesday with right knee discomfort, and now he'll be forced to miss the next two weeks. Jackson Kowar has been called up from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move. The 22-year-old Zerpa is the team's No. 11 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and he was making just his second major league start this year (third overall) on Tuesday before his injury. He's allowed just two earned runs while striking out three in 11 innings in three outings (two starts) for KC this year and will likely return to the starting rotation when he's healthy.

    Jul 27 · Source via Royals Angel Zerpa
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Remains Out Wednesday

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Witt will miss his third straight game after injuring his hamstring on Sunday. For now, fantasy managers should continue to consider him day-to-day, but hopefully he'll be back at some point this weekend. Nicky Lopez is back at shortstop on Wednesday and is hitting ninth against Angels right-hander Janson Junk. Lopez is hitting .343 (12-for-35) in 10 games over the last two weeks, but he's still searching for his first home run of the year and remains a low-upside DFS play in the nine-hole.

    Jul 27 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Angel Zerpa Exits With Knee Discomfort Tuesday

    Kansas City Royals left-hander Angel Zerpa (knee) was removed from his start against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday due to right knee discomfort. He suffered the injury in the fifth inning while fielding a bunt. Zerpa's final line for the day was four innings, four hits, one walk, two runs (one earned) and one strikeout. The 22-year-old took the loss for the game and is now 2-1 over three appearances on the year with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He's spent the majority of the 2022 season at Double-A, where he has pitched to a 4.36 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP across 13 starts. The Royals are expected to give an update on the status of his knee at some point on Wednesday.

    Jul 27 · Source via Royals Angel Zerpa
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Remains Out On Tuesday

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) will miss his second consecutive game on Tuesday as the team takes on left-hander Jose Suarez and the Los Angeles Angels. Nicky Lopez will be handling shortstop duties once again for the game. Witt exited this past Sunday's contest with hamstring tightness. The injury flared up while he was stealing second base in the game. All indications are that the injury is minor and he remains day-to-day at this point. The 22-year-old rookie has slashed .258/.301/.459 with 14 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 51 RBI and 51 runs across 91 games on the year.

    Jul 26 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Michael Taylor Drives In Three Monday

    Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael Taylor had a strong game Monday night, going 2-for-4 with three RBI in a 7-0 drubbing of the struggling Los Angeles Angels. Taylor has put together a respectable campaign this season, slashing .276/.349/.403 with six homers, a steal, 29 runs scored, and 28 RBI in 246 plate appearances. He has a modest five-game hitting streak to his name, and while he doesn't excel in any one fantasy category, Taylor could be a worthy short-term pickup in deeper leagues.

    Jul 25 · Source via Royals Michael A. Taylor
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Sitting Monday

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. Witt left the game early on Sunday and will miss the series opener on Monday against the Angels as a result. Fantasy managers should consider the 22-year-old to be day-to-day for now. Nicky Lopez will play shortstop on Monday and hit ninth against Angels right-hander Noah Syndergaard. Lopez is hitting .252/.302/.304 on the season with seven stolen bases in 89 games, but he has just five home runs in his four major league seasons and still hasn't cleared the fences in 2022. He's a low-upside DFS option.

    Jul 25 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Salvador Perez To Begin Rehab Assignment Tuesday

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. The 32-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left thumb in late June. He was originally given a timeline of eight weeks, but it looks like he's on track to beat that estimate, assuming he can avoid setbacks. While we don't have an official timetable for Perez's return, it's unlikely he'll be at Triple-A more than a week or so, meaning we could conceivably see him back in the majors before the month of July is even over.

    Jul 25 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Daniel Lynch Set To Begin Rehab Assignment Monday

    Kansas City Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch (finger) is reportedly set to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with the organization's Triple-A affiliate. Lynch previously made 15 starts for Kansas City this season, pitching to a 5.05 ERA, a 4.24 FIP, 73 strikeouts, and 33 walks in 71.1 innings. He'd also registered three wins for the Royals. The 25-year-old previously went on the 15-day injured list due to a blister. Kansas City's current rotation options include Zack Greinke, Brad Keller, Brady Singer, and Kris Bubic.

    Jul 25 · Source via Royals Daniel Lynch
  • Salvador Perez Progressing Toward Rehab Assignment

    According to Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) is nearing a return to the field. Per an article from Worthy on July 24, "Royals manager Mike Matheny ... indicated star catcher Salvador Perez continues to progress toward a minor-league rehab assignment of his own." Worthy's article also mentions that Perez has recently taken batting practice and caught bullpen sessions. The veteran's eventual return would certainly be a welcome sign for fantasy managers who have struggled to replace his production at catcher. In 236 plate appearances this season, the veteran is batting .211 with a .254 on-base percentage and 11 home runs.

    Jul 25 · Source via Royals Salvador Perez
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Pulled Due To Hamstring Tightness

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) was forced to exit early during Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 22-year-old was removed in the second inning due to hamstring tightness. This injury likely occurred in the first inning when Witt was running the bases. At the moment, fantasy managers can consider Witt day-to-day, but that might not last long. The organization will have Witt undergo further evaluation and reveal a better timetable after that.

    Jul 24 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Exits In The Second Inning On Sunday

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. was removed in the second inning of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In his first and only at-bat of the game, which came in the first inning, he hit a single. After the single, he wound up stealing second base and tagging up to third base. He may have suffered an injury at some point while running the bases, but the team has yet to provide a reason for his removal. Nicky Lopez took over at shortstop to begin the second inning. We should have an update on Witt's status soon, so make sure to stay tuned.

    Jul 24 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Daniel Lynch To Begin Rehab At Triple-A Monday

    Kansas City Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch (finger) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha on Monday. The 25-year-old landed on the 15-day injured list this past Sunday due to a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. While Lynch has made some strides since his bumpy rookie year in 2021, he's still been mostly struggling to keep opposing offenses at bay. Across 15 starts this season, he's gone 3-7 with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He's increased his strikeout rate from just 17.7% last year to 22.3% this season.

    Jul 24 · Source via Royals Daniel Lynch
  • Yankees Seen As Serious Contenders For Andrew Benintendi

    The New York Yankees have emerged as "serious contenders" to acquire Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi before the Aug. 2 trade deadline, according to a source. Benintendi's fantasy stock would definitely go way up with a move to the first-place Yankees with the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. The 28-year-old isn't vaccinated against COVID-19, which could become a problem if he's dealt to New York and then end up facing the Toronto Blue Jays in the postseason, but his vaccination status doesn't appear to be an issue for now. Benintendi doesn't have much power (only three home runs), but the first-time All-Star is hitting a solid .319/.389/.402 with 39 RBI, 37 runs scored and two stolen bases in 88 games for the Royals.

    Jul 23 · Source via Royals Andrew Benintendi
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