The new phrase for the KC Royals is “day-to-day”. With less than a week until playoff games begin, the Royals players seem to be dropping like flies. However, their injuries are only considered day-to-day, as the team is being extra cautious. Maybe the cool weather that has rolled in has something to do with the aches and pains.
- Outfielder Lorenzo Cain fouled a ball off his knee on Wednesday night. The x-rays came back negative and he was diagnosed with a bruised knee. He did not play in Thursday night’s series finale against the Chicago White Sox.
- Right fielder Alex Rios was a late scratch from Thursday night’s lineup with a stiff back.
- DH Kendrys Morales was pulled from the game in the 5th inning with tightness in his left quad. He had walked for the third straight time and moved to third base on a double. While he did not appear to be limping, a few pitches later, Morales called for the trainer and was gone.
- Catcher Salvador Perez left Thursday night’s game in the 8th inning with swelling in his right thumb. He jammed his thumb in an earlier at-bat. Following the game, Sal told reporters he was fine.
- Closer Wade Davis has a stiff back. Manager Ned Yost is trying to stay away from him, but this isn’t the first time this season Davis has dealt with back stiffness.
Hopefully none of these injuries linger into the postseason because all the above should play an important part of the Royals quest for another American League title.