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All around the bases with Drew Butera

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Royals Rumblings - News for July 23, 2018

The Royals had fun with Drew Butera’s inside-the-park home run on Sunday.

“Just add it to the list of really weird things I’ve done in my career,” Butera said.

Joked manager Ned Yost: “We clocked him, and from the time he hit third to home it was 15.7 seconds. It was quite a long time. ... He was increasingly slowing down. Just like Evel Knievel, he pulled the parachute too early. As soon as he hit third base, I mean, he looked like he was running underwater.”

Jorge Soler may be out awhile longer.

Outfielder Jorge Soler, who fractured his left first metatarsal in mid-June, is still in a cast. Although he expects to have his crutches taken away when he’s re-evaluated on Friday, he is still weeks away from baseball activities.

“I was frustrated at the beginning, but I just want to make sure I’m healed,” he said in Spanish on Sunday morning at Kauffman Stadium.

Goodbye, Enny Romero.

Brian Flynn is finally healthy and contributing.

“I’ve just had a lot of success in this last month with powering the sinker down,” Flynn said Saturday night after pitching three scoreless innings and earning the victory in the Royals’ 4-2 win over the Twins. “I’ve been really driving to the bottom of the zone, being able to repeat that ahead and behind in the count. Slider’s started coming around these last few outings, so that’s definitely made things easier.”

Jakob Junis regained his form over the weekend, writes Rustin Dodd of The Athletic.

The Royals were still cautious, limiting him to a pitch count of around 75. That will change the next time out. But as the night wore on, Junis appeared to refine his stuff.

“It got better every inning,” he said. “I think the first inning, it was a little shaky. And the more I threw it, the more comfortable I felt with it.”

Dodd also catches up with Billy Butler, who is dominating his local softball league.

Maria Torres of the Star talks to prospect Brewer Hicklen.

“I’m just trying to attack the fastball and it’s working out for me so far,” Hicklen said last week when the Legends played the Augusta Greenjackets in North Augusta, S.C. “There’s definitely areas for me to improve, but I’m seeing it pretty well, and I’ve got some good guys behind me, able to drive me in.”

David Laurila at Fangraphs talks to Seuly Matias about his development.

“I’m working on seeing the ball and contacting it,” Matias told me in work-in-progress English, with an interpreter on hand to help when needed. “I’m taking a two-strike approach, trying to eliminate strikeouts. I’m working on shortening my swing. My coaches are helping me with that.”

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