KC Royals News: Injuries and Trade Rumors


KC Royals news this morning focuses on all of the injuries piling on for the boys in blue and also about trade rumors circulating around the MLB. 

The KC Royals had an off day on Sunday, as the series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals was postponed due to rain. The make up date has not been announced yet, but it wasn’t a great series for the Royals.

First off, Yordano Ventura was pulled after three innings on Friday night due to losing feeling in his fingers. Joe Blanton stepped in for the injured Ventura, but this isn’t a great situation. Ventura is slated to make his next start, but only time will tell.

Second, Jason Vargas missed his Sunday start (this being announced before the game even took place) and was placed on the disabled list. Vargas has been solid in his three starts since returning from the disabled list last month and Kansas City Royals fans were starting to have faith in him whenever it was his turn to take the mound.

While nothing drastic has happened yet (fortunately), the KC Royals have to be thinking about dipping into the free agency pool and trying to acquire a starting pitcher for the rotation. The team is fortunate to have Chris Young, who has stepped in admirably for Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy during their absences.

Here’s what’s going on around Fansided.com. 

KC Royals: Could Yordano Ventura Need Tommy John Surgery [KC Kingdom]

"No one wants to think this, but it doesn’t look good. When players have the injury it doesn’t usually stem from one pitch. It’s an overuse injury that starts to slowly affect their productiveness."

Kansas City Royals Place Jason Vargas on Disabled List [Kings of Kauffman]

"Even though Vargas was able to avoid an extended stay on the disabled list last time, the recurrence of this injury is certainly troubling. Last time, the Kansas City Royals were fortunate in that Vargas was able to avoid Tommy John surgery, but will they be that fortunate again? Can simply resting the arm, which was not enough to avoid further injury last time, really allow him to return?"

Kansas City Royals: Five Worst Royals All-Star Selections [KC Kingdom]

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"For the past 25 years (since the 1990 All-Star Game), the Royals have had more than the one obligatory All-Star just four times. Two of those four occasions were in 2013 and 2014, and only twice during this period has a Royal actually been voted in to start (Danny Tartabull in 1991 and Jermaine Dye in 2000)."

Kansas City Royals Trade Targets: Ben Zobrist [Kings of Kauffman]

"Even with Zobrist’s own struggles this season, he could be an attractive piece for the Kansas City Royals. He would provide an element of pop that has been sorely lacking from the Royals second basemen this season, and would even add some patience to a lineup that still has a tendency to be overly aggressive at times. Having a professional hitter like Zobrist, coupled with Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon, could help take the Royals offense to that next level."

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Jason Vargas heads to disabled list with elbow injury; Yordano Ventura deals with ulnar nerve irritation [Kansas City Star]

"For now, only one pitcher will shift to the sidelines. The team placed Vargas on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained flexor muscle in his left elbow. Trainer Nick Kenney indicated this could be a recurrence of the injury that felled Vargas in May. The MRI showed no damage to his ulnar collateral ligament."

5 Biggest Kansas City Royals Rumors Heading Into June [Rant Sports]

"Numerous noteworthy starters could move before the deadline, and before the last two weeks, KC’s rotation was objectively the most suspect part of the team. A move to acquire Johnny Cueto or Cole Hamels would be a surprise, but perhaps picking up Mat Latos or Aaron Harang would be more feasible. Alternatively, KC could be sellers at the break in order to get value out of its arms."

Report: Yordano Ventura (hand) to have MRI after exiting 2nd start in row [ESPN]

"The infield had a meeting on the mound during Ventura’s final at-bat, a flyout by Yadier Molina. Ventura said through teammate and translator Christian Colon that his thumb, right ring finger and pinkie had gone numb and that he’d felt “really weird.”"

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