Eric Hosmer was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right hand and could miss up to six weeks. The team flew to the West Coast late on Thursday evening, unsure when they would make a roster move. Kansas City plans to activate Jason Vargas for his return on Saturday. Until then, it is unclear who will replace Hosmer.
Baseball’s non-waiver trading deadline came and went on Thursday afternoon, and the Kansas City Royals did not make a move. General manager Dayton Moore spoke with reporters for about 11 minutes before Thursday’s game, and explained the factors that hampered his ability to make a move. Here is the transcript:
Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is at 3 p.m. Thursday, and one deal that was struck in the morning was a doozy: the Boston Red Sox traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. Near the deadline, Detroit landed Rays left-hander David Price in a three-team deal. Check here for the latest moves on what has been an active day of trades.
In Tuesday’s loss to the Twins, the Royals had a lineup that was similar to the one that was used on opening day. The difference? Billy Butler was dropped from fourth to sixth. Manager Ned Yost says that Butler will stay as the team’s designated hitter as long as he keeps hitting.
Eric Hosmer is listed in the Royals lineup for Tuesday night’s series opener against The Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Hosmer missed all of the weekend series against Cleveland due to a lack of strength in his bruised right hand.
This late in the season, with the Royals desperate to gain ground in the scramble for the American League’s second wild card, they can ill afford to drop a series. So this upcoming, three-game set with Minnesota looms large for a variety of reasons, especially considering Kansas City’s schedule in August.
Kauffman Stadium is the 22nd ballpark where Tom Willis, a motivational speaker, has thrown the first pitch as part of his “Pitch for Awareness” tour to spread awareness of the capabilities of people with disabilities.
About four hours before the first pitch of Friday’s Royals-Indians game, pitcher Danny Duffy was booting a soccer ball around Kauffman Stadium’s immaculately manicured outfield. The ball had a Sporting KC logo and Duffy was wearing a No. 8 Graham Zusi shirt.