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Royals Rumblings - News for May 20, 2016

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The season is no longer doomed.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Rumblings - News for May 20, 2016

Vahe Gregorian writes that critics were too quick to dismiss the Royals.

Royals paranoia ran rampant, worst-case scenarios spread as virtual facts, and there was no way that could change. If you dared to consider the inherent ups-and-downs of any given season, including the sort in which a team loses 12 of 16 games, you were in denial of the demise of the Royals. That was eons ago, otherwise known as last week, before the Royals sprung from their deathbed to win four out of five games and back-to-back series against the Braves and Red Sox. If they’re not necessarily "back," they’ve served notice at the quarter turn (40 games) of the season that assumptions of their doom were premature.

Clark Fosler at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City doesn't understand the Royals transactions this week.

Well, one could very astutely point out there are $16 million reasons to keep Omar around. Even in an era where the Royals spend real money, that is still a ton of money to just cast away. Truthfully, I think it might well be, even after all that has happened the last three seasons, very simply be the reason.

Of course, we could play the inventory card as well. The Royals can move Colon down and not lose him. If or when the time comes to get Infante off the roster, it is good-bye for good. One wonders, however, why make the move at all if that is the case (unless I’m a genius and Dyson is going to pinch-run five times a week for just about anyone not named Escobar or Cain). While Merrifield has played well in Omaha, he has not played to the level of ‘we can’t keep this guy down there anymore.’

Jeffrey Flanagan reacts to the Colon demotion.

The roster move was made after the clubhouse closed between games, and after the second game, there were only a handful of Royals milling around. I can tell you that the move probably was a head-scratcher to many on the team. Christian Colon is well-liked in the clubhouse, and he's a team-first guy. The only thing that makes sense about the roster move to bring up Whit Merrifield -- other than his versatility -- is that Kansas City doesn't really have a viable candidate for shortstop Alcides Escobar long-term if he got hurt, because of the Raul Mondesi suspension. Colon could use some reps at shortstop, which he'll get at Omaha.

Rookie Alec Mills was nervous in his debut.

"Didn’t go as well as I planned or wanted it to," Mills said. "But it was a blast. Running out there was a little nervous, and the first pitch. After that I didn’t feel it as much but I still was because I was rushing everything delivery-wise."

Whit Merrifield is glad to be in the big leagues.

Jesse Newell of the Star compares this year's bullpen with last year's numbers.

Lee Judge asks whether power hitters should bunt against defensive shifts.

Eric Hosmer answers a few quick questions for The Players Tribune.

Clubhouse Conversation talks to Royals infield prospect Corey Toups.

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Commissioner Rob Manfred wants games to speed up.

list of 100 top draft prospects from Beyond the Boxscore.

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Mike Trout is not getting traded.

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Bartolo Colon is being sued for child support.

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