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Jorge Soler activated from rehab assignment

Time for some Soler power.

MLB: Spring Training-Kansas City Royals at Colorado Rockies Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals activated right fielder Jorge Soler from his rehab assignment with AAA Omaha today, where he hit .308/.400/.538 with three home runs in 11 games. Soler had been on the 10-day disabled list due to an oblique strain suffered at the end of Spring training. He takes the roster space of Miguel Almonte, who is being optioned back to AA Northwest Arkansas after only being on the Kansas City 25-man roster for about 24 hours.

Soler was acquired in the offseason from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for the services of Wade Davis. Soler is a career .258/.328/.434 hitter in 211 Major League games, is only in his age-25 season, and is under team control through 2020. Ostensibly, the Royals hope to bolster their league-worst offense with Soler’s prodigious power. Soler’s defensive shortcomings in the field may see him utilized by Ned Yost as part of a designated hitter platoon with the struggling Brandon Moss, but moving forward we should see Soler’s bat in the lineup consistently.

Almonte was recalled by the Royals after Ian Kennedy was placed on the 10-day DL for a strained hamstring. Almonte’s shift back to the minors suggests that the Royals will now utilize one of their internal options, likely Chris Young, Mike Minor, or Travis Wood, to fill in for Kennedy.

Soler will make his Royals debut in right field for today’s game against the Cleveland Indians.