Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi’s season ends prematurely with a shoulder injury

Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi left Sunday’s game at Target Field in the first inning with a left shoulder injury after he made a diving stop in the hole on a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Minnesota Twins slugger Nelson Cruz.

The injury occurred three batters into what became a six-run inning for the Twins

Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the injury will end Mondesi’s season with five games remaining.

“That’s it. He’s done,” Yost said.

Mondesi, who singled and stole his 43rd base of the season in the top of the first inning, suffered a shoulder subluxation — the same injury that sent him to the injured list in July after he dove for a pop-up in foul territory at Kauffman Stadium.

On Sunday, Mondesi dove with his left arm fully extended to make the stop on the ball hit by Cruz. He transferred the ball to his throwing (right) hand, but then he winced in pain and didn’t pop to his feet or attempt to make a throw. He dropped the ball on the dirt as he reached for his left arm.

Royals head trainer Nick Kenney and Yost came onto the field to tend to Mondesi, who remained seated on the infield dirt. Kenney appeared to be working on Mondesi’s left shoulder.

Mondesi declined to speak with reporters after the game.

Mondesi went on the IL with a left shoulder subluxation on July 17, and played in nine games during a minor-league rehab assignment from Aug. 20-30.

He rejoined the big-league club when rosters expanded on Sept. 1.

Mondesi, 24, finished the season batting .263 with a .291 on-base percentage and a .424 slugging percentage. He entered Sunday tied with Arizona’s Eduardo Escobar for the MLB lead in triples (10). He also ranked second to Seattle’s Mallex Smith (45 steals) for the lead in stolen bases despite having played in just 101 of the Royals’ 157 games.

Mondesi became the seventh player in franchise history with at least 40 steals and 10 triples, the first since Carlos Beltran in 2003. He also became the first player since 1900 with 40 steals, 10 triples in fewer than 475 plate appearances, according to Fox Sports Kansas City producer Dave Holtzman.

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball for The Star. A native of the Northeast, he’s covered high school, collegiate and professional sports for The Lowell Sun, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Call and The Salt Lake Tribune. He’s won awards for sports features and sports columns.