Kansas City Royals News
When Ryan Madson came into camp this spring with the Royals, he wanted to prove to himself he's healthy enough to pitch again in the Major Leagues. That mission has been accomplished.
Though the Royals will have an off-day during the first week of the regular season, manager Ned Yost said he will not skip right-hander and No. 5 starter Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation.
A five-run seventh was capped by RBI doubles from Paulo Orlando and Moises Sierra as the Royals completed a comeback win, 10-5, over the D-backs Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
In the company of one of the liveliest bands of players in baseball, Alex Rios is reinvigorated. The American League champion Royals are taking the graceful, athletic right fielder back to his youth following a dark, injury-derailed season in Texas.
Last season unquestionably was a breakthrough season for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who hit .301. But the Royals still don't know what Cain's ceiling is, especially in terms of his power.
Terrance Gore, the Royals' speedster outfielder who became a baserunning weapon for the Royals last September and October, suffered a fractured jaw when he was hit by a pitch in a Minor League game Friday, according to manager Ned Yost.
Royals ace Yordano Ventura figured out he had a no-hitter going on Friday night somewhere around the fifth inning. The right-hander made it look easy with seven hitless frames in a 5-1 win over the Mariners.
Yordano Ventura logged seven hitless and scoreless frames, while Eric Hosmer belted a two-run homer to lead the Royals in a 5-1 win over the Mariners on Friday night at Surprise Stadium.
One of the seemingly two roster spots left open this spring for the Royals is a battle between Moises Sierra and Paulo Orlando for the fifth outfielder spot. The edge would appear to belong to Orlando, who has options.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Yordano Ventura, who was slated to throw 90-95 pitches against the Mariners on Friday, will be backed down to about 60-65 pitches on Wednesday against the Dodgers in the final Cactus League game in Arizona.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios' injured right thumb is not a major concern to him. Rios aggravated the thumb injury -- the same injury that set him back last season -- during his final at-bat Wednesday night.
Jimmy Faseler, the Royals superfan who was shot recently in a home invasion, thanked fans and friends on Twitter for their support as he recovers in a Kansas City area hospital.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw six strong innings while allowing just two hits and one run Thursday, but Royals veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was even better with 5 2/3 scoreless frames in a 3-0 Cactus League pitchers' duel, won by Kansas City, at Peoria Stadium.
With a week to go before the Royals leave Arizona, the battle rages on for what likely is one remaining bullpen spot. If Franklin Morales makes the team, that would leave just one spot open among Louis Coleman, Brian Flynn, Ryan Madson and Luke Hochevar.
The Royals' Rule 5 experiment, right-hander Jandel Gustave, has ended with the San Diego Padres claiming him off outright waivers.
Overshadowed a bit by the news of Yordano Ventura being named the Royals' Opening Day starter was the fact that another young pitcher has been elevated to the No. 2 spot in the rotation -- left-hander Danny Duffy.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios will miss at least the next two games because of a jammed right thumb -- the same injury that saddled him for much of the 2014 season.
Veteran catcher John Buck, who was in Spring Training camp with the Braves, announced his retirement Thursday in order to spend more time with his family.
Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele and his son, Justin, a White Sox Minor Leaguer, exchanged lineup cards Wednesday night and saw each other from opposing dugouts.
Left-hander Jason Vargas turned in a solid six-inning outing, but the Royals managed little against some of the White Sox best young pitching prospects in a 6-0 loss on Wednesday night at Surprise Stadium.
Right-hander Yordano Ventura, who had a breakout season for the Royals in 2014, will start on Opening Day on April 6 against Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox.
Royals right-hander Chris Young threw four innings in a Minor League game on Wednesday, reaching 64 pitches. He also threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen afterward.
Luke Hochevar had Tommy John surgery a year ago but stayed with the Royals all season during his rehab. And Hochevar was there in Chicago in late September when the Royals clinched a playoff spot, and he joined in on the celebration. Tim Collins just had Tommy John surgery earlier this month, and hopes to experience the same scenario.
In the past two decades, the Royals have enjoyed just three winning seasons and signed and developed just three pitchers who could manage 10 victories in a single year for Kansas City. Those two developments aren't unrelated, though the future looks brighter in both regards for the defending American League champions.
Hall of Famer George Brett still enjoys being a part of the game and welcomes the chance to put the uniform back on every spring to work with the Royals. But when he decided his career was over, it was over.
The Giants batted around to score four second-inning runs during a rare offensive outburst Monday as they outlasted the Kansas City Royals, 8-3, in a rematch of last year's World Series.
In 98 professional outings, Royals left-hander Brian Flynn has been a reliever exactly once, and that came last year in a brief stint with the Marlins. But Flynn is now trying to prove to the Royals that his greatest value to the team is out of the bullpen. Flynn is making a strong case, to say the least.
Royals manager Ned Yost hinted Monday morning that he's now likely leaning toward carrying a seven-man bullpen. The organization has pondered the notion of an eight-man bullpen for much of the spring.
Royals right-hander Christian Binford throws strikes -- not just strike one, either. He is around the plate, gets great movement and sink on his pitches and he induces swings and misses as well as lots of ground balls. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but the 22-year-old's command and control are superb.
Royals second baseman Omar Infante was in the lineup at second base Monday for the first time in Cactus League action this spring.