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Royals Rumblings - News for June 23, 2016

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 23, 2016

Alex Gordon is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday following his rehab.

With the return of Gordon, the Royals could see a shake-up in their batting lineup. Before the season, Yost said he envisioned third baseman Mike Moustakas or Gordon batting second in the lineup. Yost ultimately opted for Moustakas in the two-hole. But now Moustakas is out for the season, and Gordon is nearly healthy again.

When asked if Gordon could slide into the two-spot, Yost replied: "Yeah, a lot of places he could fit."

Clint Scoles at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at potential trade chips for the Royals.

Ultimately the Royals don’t have the top end package to go out and nab a #1 starter for multiple years (Cole Hamels) but with the addition of Mondesi, they have more than enough to nab a rental. A package of Mondesi, Bonifacio/Dozier and a pitcher seems more than fair for a Julio Teheran or even Sonny Gray and his injuries this year. Should the Royals make that deal? After 30 years of no playoffs and a couple extremely fun Octobers with a window that could be closing soon, it might not be a bad thing to strike while they’re hot.

Mike Minor is experiencing shoulder issues.

He made two starts at Class AA Northwest Arkansas before transitioning to Class AAA Omaha. He allowed 15 runs in three starts for Omaha before reporting an ongoing case of fatigue in his left shoulder. "I didn’t feel like I could (pitch in the big leagues) with the way I was feeling," Minor said.

"It felt like every time I got to the third or fourth inning, I was still feeling fatigued, even though some games I went to the fifth. It wasn’t really the innings; it was more like the pitch count. "Once I got up to 50 or 60 pitches, I started feeling really tired and fatigued. So when I told them that, they were like, ‘OK, this isn’t going to work.’ "

Lee Judge explains National League Baseball to us.

Which rally was bigger, the one for the Royals or the one for the Cavs?

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom looks at the ten worst contracts in Royals history.

Noah Syndergaard will see a doctor after leaving yesterday's game with elbow discomfort.

Baseball's financial imbalance goes beyond player payroll.

The Rangers are flying high, but their rotation is a mess.

A's minor leaguer Andrew Lambo battles testicular cancer.

financial advisor stole $30 million from professional athletes like Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt.

A retrospective on the ESPN career of Skip Bayless.

Grumpy old man wishes J.R. Smith would wear a shirt.

A Swedish footballer is kicked out of the game for farting.

The lopsided geography of Wikipedia.

What you need to know about the Star Trek virtual reality game.

Burger King unveils the "Mac n Cheeto."

Your song of the day is The Ramones with "I Can't Make it on Time."