Rustin Dodd reports that Ned Yost is having trouble finding playing time for Jorge Soler with Jorge Bonifacio forcing his way into the lineup:
Soler, 25, is fully healthy. Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed as much on Wednesday afternoon. But as rookie outfielder Jorge Bonifacio continues to produce at the plate, Soler has seen his playing time reduced to a part-time role.
On Wednesday, it was more apparent than ever. The Royals were facing a left-handed starter in Detroit’s Matthew Boyd. Yost opted for the right-handed hitting Bonifacio in right field and Salvador Perez at designated hitter, offering a start to backup catcher Drew Butera. Yost said he wanted to give Perez a half-day off. Alex Gordon, a struggling left-handed hitter, started in left field.
“It’s been a little bit tough, kind of finding spots for him,” Yost said of Soler. “Especially the way Boni has been playing. It’s kind of hard to take [Bonifacio] out of the lineup now.”
Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Cheslor Cuthbert played well in a rare start last night:
So, Cuthbert was encouraged after his rare start Wednesday in the Royals' 6-5 loss to the Tigers. He delivered two hits and two RBIs with a run scored.
Cuthbert delivered a big two-out, two-RBI single in the first, giving the Royals a 3-0 lead.
"He did a great job," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He always plays good defense. It was a good night for him. He's seeing the ball better."
Good defense? What?
And while we’re on the subject of questionable statements from Ned Yost:
Ned Yost was set to hit Moustakas for Butera in the 8th; On Escobar in the 9th: "He's got two hits tonight, he had two hits last night."— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) June 1, 2017
Craig Brown waxes ecstatic about Eric Skoglund’s debut:
Left-hander Erik Skoglund was making his major league debut. The Tigers stacked their lineup with right-handed thunder. It was, simply, a rookie making his debut against a veteran lineup. On paper, it was a mismatch. Conventional wisdom held the Tigers could rip this kid to shreds.
Skoglund was brilliant in his major league debut, keeping the Tiger batters off balance all evening, spinning 6.1 innings of shutout baseball.
He walked off the mound with one out in the seventh with a Game Score of 73, tied for the third best starting pitching debut in Royals history. It was the 11th debut Game Score of 60 or better for the Royals.
Eric Hosmer got his 1,000th hit last night.
Mike Courson at Kings of Kauffman wonders if Ned Yost can continue to rely on Joakim Soria in high-leverage situations.
The Cardinals released an old friend:
Struggling #STLCards reliever Jonathan Broxton has been released, GM John Mozeliak said. GANT to STL— Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) May 31, 2017
Why is Tyler Anderson giving up so many home runs when no one is hitting him hard?
Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom look to be on opposite trajectories.
Russell Carleton looks at the slow implementation of change in baseball.
Eno Sarris on how the strike zone is changing.
Homelessness is at an all-time high in Los Angeles.
David Simon and George Pelecanos’s new HBO series The Deuce set for this fall has a teaser trailer.
Sarah Silverman wants us to understand each other more betterer.
Do we need to start worrying about Netflix canceling our favorite shows?
The song of the day is “(Drawing) Rings Around the World” by Super Furry Animals: