Jeffrey Flanagan wonders what is going to happen to Jorge Bonifacio when Jorge Soler comes back:
The Royals are carrying eight relievers, and in theory, one could be shuttled back to Omaha to make room for Soler. But even then, finding playing time for both Bonifacio and Soler would be challenging in an outfield that already includes Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon.
It is possible that Yost could platoon Bonifacio or Soler at designated hitter with the left-handed hitting Brandon Moss.
Then again, do the Royals even want to carry a developing player such as Bonifacio, 23, -- who is the club's No. 11 prospect per MLBPipeline.com -- on the roster if he isn't guaranteed at-bats on a consistent basis?
With little to talk about in Royalsland, Rustin Dodd also touches on dos Jorges:
Room for two Jorges? Royals may wait another week before activating Soler, giving Bonifacio time to show value: https://t.co/IWKn88nFLA— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 3, 2017
Also, this tidbit on Karns’s four-K inning was interesting:
The first four-strikeout inning by a Royals pitcher since Kevin Appier in 1996.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 4, 2017
Sean Thornton posits that Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, and Nate Karns are no Emerson, Lake, & Palmer at Bleeding Royal Blue:
Late this winter, Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore was on a mission to go out and find starting pitching to fill the void left by the passing of Yordano Ventura. The team had already acquired Nate Karns but they would need more pitching if they were to contend in the American League Central in 2017. Luckily, ownership allowed their wallets to open a smidgen more and the team went out and signed Jason Hammel and Travis Wood to give the rotation more depth than they have had in years. With the first month out of the way (and a frustrating month it was), let’s see how the newbies are performing for Kansas City.
Clint Scoles looks at potential Royal draftee David Peterson.
Is Yankee Stadium II a replica of its previous incarnation? Travis Sawchik and Statcast aren’t so sure.
Woody Studenmund looks at SunTrust Park, the first of a new generation of parks, for The Hardball Times.
Matthew Trueblood opines that the differences in pitch-framing are narrowing from team to team as more buy in (though obviously the Royals care little about this).
Authorities have yet to find a single dollar of El Chapo’s fortune.
Jordan Peele will write and direct another social thriller as the follow-up to the superb Get Out.
Tuesday, there will be a Daily Show HOF episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Here is the straight dope on the Google phishing attack.
Take a gander at these little-known pyramids of Nubia.
The song of the day is “Want You Back,” the first proper single from HAIM’s forthcoming sophomore release, Something to Tell You.
And because why not, here’s studio performance of “Right Now” from the same forthcoming release, the video being directed by Paul Thomas Anderson: