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Royals Rumblings - News or March 13, 2017

Salvy is fine, everything is fine!

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Royals Rumblings - News or March 13, 2017

Salvy says his knee is fine, although he will get more testing this week.

“He’s going to be OK, we think,” Yost said. “He’ll be all right. They checked him out yesterday, Pedro (Grifol, the Royals catching coach) was on the phone most of the night, and so was Nick (Kenney, the Royals’ head trainer), talking to the (Venezuela) GM, talking to the trainers, and talking to Salvy himself.

“He feels much better. He felt better last night.”

About an hour after Yost’s update, Perez wrote on Instagram: “Thank God everything is fine with my knee.”

Sam Mellinger says not to blame Drew Butera or the WBC for the injury

Baseball’s version is more awkward than the others, though, because the WBC’s newness gives it the feel of constructed commercialism, and the event’s timing means pitch limits, and that the athletes are still working their way back toward full strength.

“I understand why it can make coaches and managers and executives uneasy,” Moore said. “Nobody wants to see players get hurt.”

These are all natural concerns, but as comforting as it might feel to simply eliminate the WBC, that would be like buying a truck because your friend’s sedan got wrecked. The truth is, players get hurt.

Butera didn’t awkwardly fall into Perez because it was the WBC. He did it because he is a human, and was playing baseball, and when humans play baseball they sometimes awkwardly fall.

Jason Vargas feels stronger with each outing.

Vargas reports his arm has bounced back well so far in game outings and bullpens this spring.

"Everything has been normal," Vargas said. "The body has been responding really well. Happy with that."

The Royals say they still have outfielder Jorge Bonifacio in the picture.

"He's not a forgotten guy," manager Ned Yost said. "We look at him very comfortably. If we have an injury or something, we know he is there. If we have to bring him up, we know he'll be fine, and we'll be fine.

"I feel like he's ready to play in the big leagues. He just needs the opportunity."

Bonifacio, 23, really caught Yost's eyes during last year's Spring Training. Yost loves the skill set.

"He's to the point now that in all phases of his game he could compete up here," Yost said. "He gives you a good at-bat, he's got power to all fields. He's a big guy but very athletic. He can move. He makes all the plays."

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