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Royals Rumblings - News for March 4, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 4, 2019

Salvador Perez discussed how he discovered his injury.

Perez felt fine when arriving in camp in February, up until Wednesday.

“I threw from about 75 feet on Wednesday, and I felt something,” Perez said. “I finished my throwing that day and I always wait to see if the pain gets better or worse or stays the same for the next day. If it stays the same I don’t say anything or get checked. But the next morning I [really] felt the pain so that’s when I talked to Nick.”

Jeffrey Flanagan answers a few questions about what happens next.

Moore said, “We’re fortunate to have two young catchers. Cam Gallagher is someone who can really receive. We feel highly confident with his ability to receive and call a game. We like [Meibrys] Viloria [as a backup] who can be offensive-oriented but also can really throw. He’s got a lot of fire, lot of toughness. There’s no doubt in our minds that he would do very well in the Major Leagues from a mental standpoint.

“It’s always possible [to sign a veteran]. But we’ll see how camp unfolds. We were pursuing catching depth all offseason. It’s hard to get a third or fourth-type catcher, or a backup catcher for the Kansas City Royals because they see Salvador Perez and know they won’t get the opportunity to establish themselves. That equation has changed but guys [veterans] already are in other camps.”

Rustin Dodd at The Athletic looks to what the Royals will do now that Salvy is hurt.

Jim Bowden at The Athletic grades AL Central teams for the off-season, and gives the Royals a “C”.

Kansas City also improved their bullpen, signing veteran right-hander Brad Boxberger and left-handed power arm Jake Diekman, both of whom will help them be more competitive but also give them two possible trade chips at the trade deadline in July. The Royals also claimed right-hander Conner Greene on waivers from the Cardinals and traded for right-hander Chris Ellis from the Rangers.

It was, as expected, a mostly quiet offseason for the Royals, but the moves they did make —stockpiling speed and bullpen arms, two things that contending teams are always looking to trade for — certainly set them up to make trades later in the season.

Rany Jazayerli begins a series on the worst trades in Royals history.

The Hold Your Breath And Hope It Doesn’t Eventually Wind Up On The Worst Trades List Award

July 24, 2017: The Royals trade 2B Esteury Ruiz, LHP Matt Strahm and LHP Travis Wood to the Padres for LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill and RHP Brandon Maurer

While Dayton Moore’s overall track record as the Royals’ general manager is a mixed bag, one thing in his favor is that he has yet to make a single truly terrible trade. But this one has a chance to be exactly that.

Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report has a scouting report on Royals pitcher Gabe Speier.

Brett Phillips is fine after being plunked over the weekend.

Patrick Brennan at Beyond the Boxscore writes that the Royals will be a mix of bad and fun.

Billy Hamilton and some teammates served as celebrity bartenders for charity.

Former Royals minor leaguer Luke Farrell is struck in the jaw by a line drive.

Baseball America reveals their top 30 Royals prospects.

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