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Mondesi, Duffy activated as Royals expand rosters

Cam Gallagher and Heath Fillmyer also return.

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The Royals have activated shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, catcher Cam Gallagher, and pitcher Danny Duffy from the injured list as Major League rosters are allowed to expand to include anyone on the 40-man roster. The Royals have also recalled pitcher Heath Fillmyer.

Mondesi went on the Injured List back on July 17 with a left shoulder subluxation after diving for a foul ball. He spent ten days on rehab assignment with Omaha, smacking a home run in his last game on Friday.

Mondesi will be limited in his activities. He can play the field, but is under orders not to dive for any balls or slide head-first into bases. Mondesi is in his first full season in the big leagues and is hitting .266/.294/.433 with seven home runs, 31 steals and a league-high nine triples.

Danny Duffy suffered a hamstring injury while jogging on the field before a game back on August 5. He rejoined the club this week after making a rehab start last weekend with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Duffy has a 4.93 ERA in 18 starts this year with 90 strikeouts and 36 walks in 100 1/3 innings, after missing the first month of the season with a shoulder injury. Duffy will start Sunday afternoon against the Royals. The Royals have talked about ending the year with a six-man rotation, with Jakob Junis, Glenn Sparkman, Mike Montgomery, Jorge Lopez, and Eric Skoglund getting starts this week. Brad Keller has been shut down for the year to limit his innings.

Cam Gallagher went on the Injured List back on August 8 with an oblique injury. He was hitting .238/.312/.365 with three home runs in 45 games. All three catchers on the Royals’ roster - Gallagher, Nick Dini, and Meibrys Viloria - are rookies.

Heath Fillmyer returns after posting a 5.11 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings for Triple-A Omaha. He had been pitching much better out of the bullpen after returning from a shoulder injury, giving up just six runs over his last 17 innings. The 25-year old right-hander gave up 15 runs in 15 innings in a stint with the Royals back in April.

Newly acquired first baseman Ryan McBroom is also expected to be added to the Major League roster, and more callups could happen after minor league seasons end on Monday. Dayton Moore told Bob Fescoe on 610 Sports that he expected some pitchers on the 40-man roster to be promoted, but no surprises, so that likely means Kansas City fans won’t see top pitching prospects Jackson Kowar or Brady Singer get a cup of coffee in September.