Royals make flurry of moves

Last night, KC Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was taken out by a questionable slide by Oakland’s Brett Lawrie (and more controversy has ensued today). Esky was spiked and taken out of the game, without putting any pressure on his left leg.

However, tests came back that he only had a contusion and was listed as day-to-day.

Not long after the Esky injury, Triple-A Omaha shortstop Gabriel Noriega was pinch-hit for in the ninth of their game. The move had me wondering.

Word came out this afternoon, that while Esky was not listed on tonight’s lineup card, he would start and bat leadoff if he passed some drills prior to the game. However, as of writing this, Esky is still not in the lineup. Christian Colon is playing shortstop and batting ninth. Paulo Orlando is in the leadoff spot, playing right field against the A’s.

Royals shortstop Orlando Calixte during spring training 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Royals shortstop Orlando Calixte during spring training 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Instead of calling up Noriega, the Royals instead called up infielder Orlando Calixte, who played second base last night for the Storm Chasers (and committed two errors). Outfielder Reymond Fuentes, who was just called up, was sent back to Omaha. If Calixte gets into the game, it will be his Major League debut.

If Calixte isn’t going to get playing time, I think the Royals should send him back to Omaha to develop and add someone to the 40-man roster that can be a bench player. I know the 40-man is full, but they have to do something.

In shocking news, closer Greg Holland, who earned the save last night, was placed on the DL with a right pectoral strain. Did anyone have any idea that he was hurt?

Holland had some discomfort last weekend in Anaheim, but last night it didn’t stop hurting, even after the game.

Wade Davis will now be the closer, with Kelvin Herrera shifting to the setup role. The 7th inning is anyone’s to win. Maybe Ryan Madson?

To take his place, the Royals called up Yohan Pino, who had been starting for Omaha. The Storm Chasers were rained out tonight and will play a doubleheader tomorrow, so as of right now, they aren’t hurting too much (though he is listed as one of the starters on Sunday).

Also in Omaha, lefty Brian Flynn, who the Royals acquired from Miami for Aaron Crow, and who was the Royals best pitcher in camp (yet was sent to the minors because he had options), is out 3-5 months. MONTHS! Flynn was injured pitching just 2/3 of an inning on Opening Night last Thursday for the Storm Chasers. He has a torn lat muscle, though the Royals do not think he will need surgery. He is expected back in August.

Down in NW Arkansas, Terrance Gore is back in the Naturals lineup tonight. With his activation, right-handed reliever Ali Williams was placed on the DL with a right shoulder injury. Hopefully it is not serious because he could be a key bullpen arm down the stretch. However, he was awful the other night in relief.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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