A total of nine Royals have been ejected through 16 games this season. (For those wondering, that’s a pace of 91 ejections for a 162-game season). Royals were ejected only four times for all of the 2014 season.
The Royals recalled left-hander Brandon Finnegan from Class AA Northwest Arkansas before Friday’s game against the White Sox and optioned infielder Orlando Calixte to Class AAA Omaha. “We needed an extra arm,” manager Ned Yost said.
A storm brewing for three weeks erupted on Thursday evening when the Royals brawled with the White Sox during the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Lorenzo Cain traded blows with Chicago pitcher Jeff Samardzija as all 50 members of both clubs tussled on the diamond.
Omar Infante is still not ready to return to the Royals lineup. Manager Ned Yost indicated Infante is still dealing with stiffness related to his strained groin. Christian Colon will start at second base for Thursday night’s 7:10 p.m. game at Chicago against the White Sox.
Kansas City missed Chris Sale during their opening series against the White Sox. The Royals won’t be as fortunate this time. Sale has returned from the disabled list, and thus far, he looks as dominant as ever. Sale has struck out 14 batters and walked only two in 12 innings. The Royals have their work cut out for them.
“The great thing about this country is you get to listen to the national anthem … and to have freedom of speech,” Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday night in response to the ongoing feud between his team and the Oakland Athletics. “They can say whatever the heck they want to say. It doesn’t matter to us.”
The Royals have a chance for a sweep as they face the Twins in Wednesday’s series finale (7:10 p.m. on FSKC). Manager Ned Yost is using his regular lineup, with Paulo Orlando apparently firmly installed as the regular right fielder in Alex Rios’ absence.
On Tuesday afternoon, as Major League Baseball meted out justice to Kansas City pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Yordano Ventura, Brett Lawrie continued to rage against the behavior of the Royals and their fans.
Royals second baseman Omar Infante on Tuesday afternoon fielded groundballs for the first time since straining a groin muscle on Sunday. Infante expressed his hope he could return to the starting lineup by Wednesday night’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins, but manager Ned Yost indicated Infante may have to wait until this weekend in Chicago against the White Sox.
After a night of rest, Omar Infante has yet to be placed on the disabled list, and manager Ned Yost believes Infante can return to action in the near-future. Infante could be available in an emergency by Tuesday, Yost said.