Lorenzo Cain is hurt. Again.
The Kansas City Royals put oft-injured center fielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday afternoon, while filling Cain’s roster spot with left-handed reliever Justin Marks. Cain injured his groin attempting to beat out a infield hit in the 9th inning of Wednesday’s 6-4 win over Houston. Though called safe by the 1st base umpire, the play was overturned on replay. Jarrod Dyson later replaced Cain in CF.
The disabled list isn’t anything new for “Nova” Cain. In his two seasons on the Royals roster since coming to Kansas City in the Zack Greinke trade, Cain has only been available for 61 games in 2012 and 115 games in 2013. Both seasons have included long stints on the DL. In 2012, Cain suffered three different leg injuries.
Good thing Lorenzo Cain isn’t a race horse.
Lorenzo Cain would be a candidate for a Gold Glove if he could remain healthy for a full season. Cain’s ultimate zone rating extrapolated to 150 games (UZR/150) of 23.9 led all American League center-fielders with more than 500 innings in the field. The problem is, Cain only played 115 games. Though Cain was nominated for the award, Baltimore’s Adam Jones took home the prize—despite a UZR/150 of -7.9.
As former NFL coach Bill Parcells used to say, “You can’t make the club if you’re in the tub.” I guess that also means you don’t win post-season award either. Cain is in the trainer’s room so often, the staff must think the pain killer Novocaine is named after him.
Cain’s injury history could be the reason why GM Dayton Moore has made the odd choice to carry two backup outfielders and no middle infielder for most of the season. Recalling Marks, who was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA at Omaha, now means the Royals have 13 pitchers and only 12 position players. I suspect the heavy load of relievers is due to Bruce CHen
UPDATE: Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough reported Thursday night that CF Jarrod Dyson will leave the team for 3-7 days due to bereavement leave. The team is expected to call up a replacement from AAA on Friday. Look for CF Brett Eibner to get the call.