With Cheslor Cuthbert still up in the Majors (three straight starts at third base), first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor was added to the Futures Game roster to represent not only the KC Royals, but the World Team.
Fuenmayor joins shortstop Raul Mondesi on the World Team that will be coached by Tony Perez. The game is in Cincinnati on Sunday.
Fuenmayor started the 2015 season (his first with the Royals) with Double-A NW Arkansas. The Texas League All-Star hit .354 with 22 doubles, a triple, and 15 home runs in 73 games with the Naturals. He also scored 50 runs and drove in 51.
At the time of his promotion to Triple-A, he was second in the TL in hitting (behind Tony Kemp, who was promoted to Triple-A in June).
Fuenmayor has not cooled off since joining Omaha. In four games, he is 8-for-18 with four doubles and six RBIs.
Not bad for a soon-to-be 26 year old who had never reached the upper minors and had thought about calling it quits.
- In Major League news, left fielder Alex Gordon was placed on the DL today with a groin strain. He will miss at least eight weeks, as the Royals are not sure if he will be ready to go at the 8 week mark, or if he will need to rehab after that.
For right now, the Royals will go with the platoon of Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson in left field. They called up lefty Brandon Finnegan to take Gordon’s roster spot (he was just optioned last night).
Yordano Ventura was called up to start today’s game, with Aaron Brooks sent back to Omaha.
Manager Ned Yost will also have to replace Gordon on the American League All-Star team, not just on the roster, but in the starting lineup.