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Royals Rumblings - News for June 12, 2019

The Royals were happy to talk about their rally to win the game last night.

How did Gore stay on the base?

“That’s a million-dollar question,” Yost said. ‘Everyone was asking that question. It was like he had magnets on his feet.”

Gore, smiling, had no answers, either.

“That’s a great question,” Gore said. “Nobody knows. I don’t even know. Luckily, I did.”

Hunter Dozier is close to returning.

“He’s making progress, but we’ll see,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Dozier said he had an extensive workout Tuesday, taking grounders, hitting off the tee and doing sprints.

“This is the best I’ve felt since the injury happened,” Dozier said. “I feel like I’m there, but that’s not my decision. It’s up to the medical staff. But I feel really good.”

In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam is asked if Dayton Moore will feel the heat for a lousy season.

That’s not a lifetime scholarship, and Moore and his assistants can be fairly criticized for a lot — including what we mentioned here above.

I don’t know if this next rebuild will take. The organization has a lot riding on these pitchers. Some top hitting prospects are struggling in Wilmington. The Royals probably can’t afford for Bobby Witt Jr. to not be a fast-moving star. We could go on.

But they do have some promising pieces in place.

I’m good with seeing how quickly and how well this goes. They don’t have forever, and it’s worth remembering that the last rebuild took traction at the last possible moment — if they didn’t turn it around in 2014 that group would’ve probably been fired.

Alec Lewis catches up with Salvador Perez after Tommy John surgery.

He stretches his body and his arm. He moves his [right] elbow gingerly like it’s a vintage toy you aren’t supposed to touch. He jogs outside to up his heart rate. But again, he cannot throw. Not until phase three, which usually begins four to five months after surgery.

Perez stays patient by enjoying the present, moment by moment, with his wife, Maria Gabriella, and kids, Salvador and Jonah. Oh, and with his teammates.

“I like being around the guys,” Perez says. “If the young guys have any questions, they can talk to me. They know that.”

Eric Skoglund made a start for Northwest Arkansas last night as he hopes to return from his suspension soon.

Keith Law at ESPN has the Royals at one of the teams whose recent draftees is the top prospect in the organization.

Lefty Daniel Lynch was No. 1 on my list, and I don’t think the gap between these two guys is all that big, although Lynch was removed from his last start on June 1 for “precautionary” reasons. If I had higher confidence in Witt’s hit tool he would be a top-10 to top-15 prospect in baseball, and then this would be an easier choice to bump him over Lynch, who had been rolling for High-A Wilmington (along with the since-promoted Brady Singer).

Matt Snyder at CBS Sports looks at trade candidates, including Alex Gordon.

Alex Gordon has a mutual option for 2020 and entered Tuesday hitting .279 with a .360 on-base percentage. It’s possible, though not likely. A lot of the other possible options ( Brad Boxberger , Martin Maldonado , Homer Bailey ) aren’t having seasons that would make them attractive on the open market, but you never know.

Whit Merrifield could be an option for the Phillies.

The Royals are making everyone available. Merrifield is a second baseman by trade, but he can play all over the diamond, including center field. The Phillies like that versatility and they poked around on him last summer. He is signed through 2022 on a team-friendly deal. The cost to acquire him will be steep.

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