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Royals Rumblings - News for April 11, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 11, 2018

Maria Torres has more on the Alex Gordon injury.

For now, surgery doesn’t seem likely.

The news of the hip injury caught manager Ned Yost by surprise. The first time he said he heard of any discomfort was in Monday’s text message, which arrived the morning after a weeklong road trip that saw the Royals play five games in frigid conditions.

But Yost is encouraged by the early prognosis, which does not include a month-long recovery.

“I was thinking a month, six weeks. I was relieved to hear that it could be a lot less than that,” Yost said. “But you never know. It’s like we talked about with Salvy (Perez). Four to six weeks. Well, it’s probably going be closer to the four than the six (for him) — but you couldn’t tell going into it.”

The Royals will have to figure out who will spend most of the time in center, writes Rustin Dodd.

The club signed outfielder Jon Jay during spring training, yet the staff prefers him in left or right. Paulo Orlando began the year as the team’s fourth outfielder, but now could see more regular playing time as Gordon sits outs.

Finally, there is Almonte, a 28-year-old who was recently claimed off waivers from the Indians. He joined the club on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium and quickly found his locker inside the clubhouse. He could see immediate duty in center field, Yost said. Well, maybe.

“I always say, it’s good to try new things,” Almonte said. “And I think this is another good chance for me and my career.”

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City notes Royals hitters have the highest average launch angle in baseball, but haven’t seen results yet.

This year, despite hitting the ball on the nose and in the air, the Royals have the third lowest BABIP in baseball, ahead of only Cleveland and the Dodgers. See where this is going? Ah, yes… the frigid temperatures of the first full week of the season. Maybe there’s something to that, after all. It’s damn difficult to barrel the baseball in sub-freezing temperatures. Their batting average on balls in play was .238 heading into Monday. Again, after the Royals bats came out of cold storage into not-as-cold storage they bumped up on spot on the leaderboard to a .263 BABIP.

Alex Duvall, writing at Royals Farm Report, thinks a trade of Danny Duffy to Milwaukee could still work.

The Royals NEED to commit to a rebuild. Trading guys sucks, but when you have 4-5-6 bad/unlucky drafts in a row, these are the kind of rebuilds you have to undergo as a small-market team. It happens. No one ought to be too upset for the situation that the Royals currently find themselves in. But Dayton Moore and company possess the ability to make this rebuild even worse as much as they can make it better, and turning down a trade of this magnitude would certainly not help make it better. The Royals ought to be looking to make any trade possible like this.

Vahe Gregorian writes why Greg Holland and Lorenzo Cain still treasure their time in Kansas City.

Shohei Ohtani will start on the mound Sunday against the Royals.

Pete Grathoff has five quick questions with Danny Duffy.

Royals Hall of Famer Cookie Rojas stays connected to the game.

It looks like the Dodgers will host the 2020 All-Star Game.

Predicting 40 active players who could go to Cooperstown.

How to make lousy teams watchable.

Austin Hedges can’t hit, but is one of the most valuable players in baseball.

Jeff Passan admits he was wrong about Ohtani.

Is Nolan Ryan’s single-season strikeout record unbreakable?

Jeff Zimmerman looks at the best and worst fastballs of the year so far.

The Kansas basketball program is involved in an FBI investigation targeting payments made by an Adidas marketing director.

Andre Ingram gets called up to the Lakers after ten years in the G League.

The five takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before the Senate.

Comic book legend Stan Lee may be the victim of elder abuse.

Damian Lewis will play the controversial former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.