Left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan, the Royals’ first-round pick in June, will join the big-league club in September. Finnegan was one of three minor-leaguers announced as impending call-ups on Sunday night.
The Royals released their rosters for next month’s Instructional League, and a few interesting prospects popped up. Kyle Zimmer and Sean Manaea are both listed as pitchers for the Advanced club. Their shortstop looks to be Raul Mondesi, one of the organization’s best position-player prospects.
Rarely since its last playoff appearance in 1985 have the Royals played meaningful baseball in September. Usually when summer turns to autumn, the team has been fighing to avoid last place and often failing in that task. And even in 1985, the Royals didn’t enter September in first place. The last time that happened was 1982, and the team got chased down by the Angels. It’s taken more than three decades but the Royals are back on top entering baseball’s home stretch.
After sitting out four games to rest his inflamed right shoulder, Royals second baseman Omar Infante returned to the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Indians. Infante tested his arm by playing catch before the game.
No one knows better than George Brett and Frank White what it takes to make it into the postseason. Both were part of all seven of the Royals’ playoff runs, peaking (and ending) with the 1985 World Series title.
To make room for the arrival of infielder Jayson Nix, the Royals optioned backup utility man Christian Colon to Class AA Northwest Arkansas. Like Aaron Crow, similarly shipped out this week, Colon can rejoin the big-league team on Tuesday.
Seattle catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero was involved in a squabble with a Mariners’ cross-checker during a minor-league game Thursday in Boise, Idaho. Although no punches were thrown, an ice-cream sandwich apparently was.