The bad news continues for the KC Royals, as third baseman Mike Moustakas was placed on the DL with a right ACL tear (retroactive to May 23rd). He and left fielder Alex Gordon were injured when they collided on Sunday afternoon (though both seemed okay after the incident but both have now hit the DL).
Outfielder Brett Eibner was called up to take Moose’s place on the Royals roster. Tonight will be Eibner’s debut, as he is the starting DH, batting eighth. He joins Whit Merrifield as much-deserving big leaguers who had to wait awhile. Eibner was hitting .309 with ten home runs, 36 runs scored, and 28 RBIs in 41 games with Triple-A Omaha at the time of his promotion. He walked 27 times while striking out 36 times.
Best of luck to Brett!!!
It was a busy day of roster movement.
The Storm Chasers received two players from Double-A NW Arkansas: infielder Ramon Torres and infielder-turned-outfielder Orlando Calixte. Torres was hitting .268 with five doubles and 20 runs scored. He walked 18 times compared to 18 strikeouts in 41 games. Calixte was hitting .295 with nine doubles, two homers, 26 runs scored, and 14 RBIs in 38 games. He did strike out 31 times compared to nine walks. Calixte was 14-of-17 in stolen base attempts.
They are still only at 23 players on their roster, though outfielder Reymond Fuentes is dealing with a shoulder issue and starter Luke Farrell left his last start with the trainer.
NWA gained catcher Allan de San Miguel from “rookie ball” (though he never left) and second baseman/shortstop Corey Toups from High-A Wilmington. I’m not sure Toups is ready for the move (though he is back with his buddy Ryan O’Hearn), as he has struggled on defense at second (seven errors combined between shortstop and second, but he has had his share of mental mistakes). He’s also been up-and-down offensively (.252 with ten doubles, five triples, and two home runs).
The Naturals middle infield is now (without Raul Mondesi) .150 hitting Jack Lopez and Toups.
The Blue Rocks gained infielder Brian Bien from extended spring training, despite playing just five games with Low-A Lexington last season (41 games with rookie level Burlington). Bien was a 31st round draft pick last June out of Bowling Green.
Lefty reliever Mark McCoy was demoted to Lexington, as Colin Rodgers was activated from the DL. McCoy struggled to an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings with opponents hitting .333 against him. Oh and he walked 18 compared to 12 strikeouts. Rodgers had a rib cage issue and left his last start on May 11th.
To make room for McCoy with the Legends, they “sent” reliever Matt Ditman to Arizona. Ditman just made his season debut last Tuesday.