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Royals’ rash of injuries on freaky plays continues

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon and third baseman Mike Moustakas collided during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on May 22.
Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon and third baseman Mike Moustakas collided during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on May 22. The Associated Press

There have been a lot of theories for why the Royals have struggled this season.

Troubles with the starting rotation and an offense that has been prone to slumps are two key reasons.

But have you considered this: They’re cursed.

Cheslor Cuthbert took a spiked throw off his elbow while sliding into second base during Monday’s game at Baltimore. It was a freaky play to say the least.

But injuries to Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas, Brett Eibner and Cuthbert have come on strange plays. Take a look:

A two-for-one deal is usually a good thing. But this collision between Gordon and Moustakas on May 22 was the worst kind. The Royals lost two All-Stars on one play. Moustakas tore an ACL in his knee and is out for the season (although he stayed in the game). Gordon broke a bone in his hand and could miss up to a month. It sure didn’t see that bad when this happened:

Eibner’s injury (a sprained ankle) came while he was fielding a ball during a game on May 31 against the Rays at Kauffman Stadium.

In the May 21 comeback against the White Sox, Perez was knocked out of the game after a collision with Cuthbert.

Cuthbert’s injury Monday came when the throw hit him in the funny bone. Cuthbert left the game, but said on Monday that he’s hoping to play Tuesday.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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