The Royals have have placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. Left-handed pitcher Justin Marks has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take Cain’s place on the 25-man roster. Marks, who is looking to make his Major League debut, will be in uniform for tonight’s 7:10 game against the Houston Astros.
Marks was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three appearances (one start) for the Storm Chasers this season.
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Royals relievers Donnie Joseph and Aaron Brooks were sent back to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday. The club activated Louis Coleman from the 15-day D.L. and recalled second baseman Johnny Giavotella from Omaha.
“Johnny is swinging the bat really well right now,” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s as simple as that. Johnny’s defense has improved and we’re looking for someone who’s swinging the bat. This is just going to be a little temporary fix until Omar gets back, but we were looking for some offense.”
According to Yost, Giavotella’s call-up was in no way related to the progress of Infante’s recovery from the sprained jaw and non-concussive head injury he suffered after being struck by a Heath Bell pitch.
“We just need some depth,” he said. “We couldn’t make the move until today. If we could have we would have made it yesterday. It takes away from our pitching depth, but we have an off day tomorrow, three in Minnesota, and then another off day, so we feel like we can work around that.”
Yost is hopeful that Infante can return in 3-4 days.
Mike Moustakas recorded his first hit of the season in his 22nd official at bat Tuesday night.
“He needed (the hit),” said Yost. “I’m not worried about Moose. His batting practices have been phenomenal the past few days, I mean, right back to where he was in spring training.”
Moustakas led Major League Baseball with 18 RBI during spring training, hitting .429 with four home runs.
“He wanted to really good off to a good start, maybe pressed a little bit, but that one hit takes a lot of weight off your shoulders, so I think Moose is going to be fine.”
By Kolby Paxton
Overnight tests on Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante revealed he suffered a non-concussive head injury when he was struck by a pitch in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Infante, 32, who was diagnosed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, suffered a laceration on the lower left side of his face that required six stitches. He also incurred a sprain of his right jaw due to the impact of the pitch. The immediate plan is to evaluate him over the next 48 hours, though based on the Kansas City medical team’s initial diagnosis it does not appear he’ll miss a significant amount time. There is no determination at this time as to whether this will necessitate a stint on the disabled list.
Left-handed relievers Francisley Bueno and Tim Collins were placed on the disabled list on Monday, a day after the pair worked in the ninth inning vs. Chicago.
“Bueno sprained a pinky finger on his throwing hand, and that makes it very difficult to grip a baseball,” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s probably a 5-6 day injury, but it’s too tough early in the season to go short in the pen.”
As for Collins, his injury sounds more disconcerting on the surface, but tests performed on Sunday were encouraging.
“Collins came in after the game and told us he’s had some stiffness and some soreness in his elbow,” said Yost. “They did an MRI today and he had some inflammation in that elbow, so we’re going to shut him down for 4-5 days and go from there. The MRI looked good, just some minor inflammation. Hopefully it’s not going to be more than a 15-day ordeal.”
Right-hander Michael Mariot and southpaw Donnie Joseph were called up from Triple-A Omaha to replace Bueno and Collins in the bullpen.
“I’ve liked Mariot since I saw him last spring. He did a great job in spring training with us. Closed a lot of ball games out. Has a good fastball, a good slider, was never intimidated by the situation. Obviously, Donnie Joseph we like a lot as a left on left guy.”
By Kolby Paxton
Reminder: DirecTV now airs Royals games on 671-5.
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Saturday, April 12: Dish 441 or 412-29
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The Kansas City Royals look to complete their first series sweep of the season on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. They will do so without third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Nori Aoki in the starting lineup. Omar Infante will bat lead off for the first time this season, as Aoki has started the first five games of the year atop of the Royals’ order.
Danny Valencia and Justin Maxwell start for the first time in 2014 and manager Ned Yost says not to read too deep into the changes. Yost said Valencia and Maxwell are “everyday guys” that need to play to stay fresh but acknowledged with White Sox lefty Chris Sale on the hill that keeping fresh is “easier said than done.”
Yost did say pregame that Wade Davis and Aaron Crow will be unavailable Sunday and that there are a few guys in the bullpen that haven’t worked for a few days. He also said that he would check with Greg Holland, who has registered a save on Friday and Saturday, to see how he feels should a potential save situation present itself.
The Kansas City Royals have played in two openers this year (March 31 at Detroit and yesterday vs. Chicago). Manager Ned Yost is happy to have the pageantry of openers behind him.
“It just takes you out of your routine,” Yost said speaking to the media before Saturday afternoon’s game. “I think the players, the coaches, everybody are creatures of habit and we pretty much stick to our routine every day during the season and when you have things that kind of take you out of your routine, it’s different. Now we just go play baseball every single day.”
Yost was also appreciative of the fans who showed up on Friday, braving temperatures in the mid-40s and wind gusts that reached close to 30 miles per hour.
“It was great that we got the win yesterday in front of an enthusiastic crowd that really had to bear with the elements.”
By Nate Rowan