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Weekend Rumblings - News for May 7, 2016

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Weekend Rumblings - News for May 7, 2016

Expect less Omar Infante the next few weeks.

"Omar has been in this league [15] years, and there's a lot of wear and tear," Yost said. "I'm just trying to find ways to keep him productive. Sometimes more recovery time makes him more productive. "So playing him four days a week or three days a week or five days a week is better than seven days a week. His arm is shortening up and his range is shortening up. I just got to find ways to keep him strong out there."

Infante didn't seem thrilled with the plan to sit him more.

"The manager has to do what is good for the team," he said. "That's not what I want, though. But I can't control that."

In his Friday notes for Baseball Prospectus Kansas City, David Lesky notes how Luke Hochevar has become a fireman.

On the subject of Hochevar, how amazing is it that he went from a guy who used to have a meltdown inning almost every game to a guy who is called upon to be the fireman in the Royals bullpen? The season is just 27 games old and he’s already come in to deal with 15 inherited runners. He’s allowed one to score. ONE! That means just 7 percent of inherited runners have scored on him. The league average is 30 percent. Only Andrew Chafin of the Diamondbacks had seen more inherited runners heading into play yesterday than Hochevar, and of relievers who had faced 10 or more inherited runners, only Josh Osich of the Giants had allowed a lower percentage to score. It’s pretty amazing to see him wiggle out of those jams.

Rustin Dodd gives a Mike Minor update.

The Royals also have left-hander Mike Minor rehabbing in Arizona. According to club officials, he could head out on a rehab assignment at some point in May. His velocity has been impressive during extended spring training outings, but after shoulder surgery last summer, it’s probably best to exercise caution in projecting what he might provide during the second half of the season.

Lee Judge writes about how 2011 was a turning point for the Royals.

So here’s my point: by 2011 general manager Dayton Moore and the Royals organization had put together a team of eventual All-Stars, Gold Glove winners and World Series champions, but most of us — and that includes me — weren’t smart enough to see it. In 2011 a whole lot of Royals fans were still calling for Moore to be fired. If someone had held a vote among Royals fans and decided to abide by its outcome, we probably would have screwed things up by getting rid of the guy who was putting this team together. Fans are impatient; smart teams aren’t.

A Kyle Zimmer update!

Pete Grathoff shares his five favorite Eric Hosmer moments and Royals fans share theirs.

In his podcast for Baseball Prospectus Kansas City, Michael Engel talks to Negro Baseball League Museum President Bob Kendrick.

Royals portraits will be auctioned off to raise money for cancer research.

Jonny Gomes has ended his adventure in Japan.

Garrett Richards is out for the year, so the Angels are hosed.

Where have all the left-handed pitchers gone?

Baseball will move its series in Puerto Rico amid concerns over the Zika virus.

A brief history of baseball retirement tours.

Carlos Martinez is being sued for allegedly giving a woman an STD.

Adam Eaton has been an amazing defender this year.

Does Noah Syndergaard need to make a tweak?

Defensive shifts can be a problem for newspaper editors.

Madden gets snubbed the Video Game Hall of Fame.

Taxpayers pay for arena renovations for a minor league hockey team, the team bolts two years later.

Youtube says its prime time audience is bigger than the top ten TV shows combined.

Your song of the day is Charlie Parker with "Groovin' High."