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Royals Rumblings - News for July 13, 2020

Do the Royals have enough catchers?

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Royals Rumblings - News for July 13, 2020

Lynn Worthy writes about the sudden lack of catching depth.

“It’s going to give opportunities to the guys we have, first of all,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said, trying to keep a positive outlook. “... We might have an opportunity here to get some guys through something that then we can just go. I know there’s no certainty that once they do get through it that it won’t happen again. Certainly, I think there’s some odds in our favor.

“If there’s an opportunity for us to make the most of seeing some of those other players and figure out ways to keep the guys who are asymptomatic somewhat sharp while they’re at home and in isolation.”

Matheny described the club’s overall approach as “hopeful” that they’ll be able to get some catchers back from the IL soon and be able to get them ramped up to play.

Mike Montgomery gets in some action.

“I woke up and tried to treat it like a regular-season game,” Montgomery said. “But not being able to get to the ballpark until two hours before your start changes things. You’re kind of a little rushed. ... I didn’t know who I was going to be facing today. When I saw I was going to be going against our guys, I was excited because I hadn’t faced any big-leaguehitters in a couple months.”

Jeffrey Flanagan writes that Bobby Witt, Jr. is impressing in Summer Camp.

“I’m just here to learn. I’m trying to learn as much as possible, like just listening to Whit [Merrifield] telling me, ‘OK, watch for this on this at-bat’ or ‘Watch this from this hitter.’ Just little things. Just playing behind [Adalberto Mondesi] and watching him do what he does.

“My biggest thing is to just calm down and not be so antsy.”

Daniel Lynch also made an impression over the weekend.

Left-hander Daniel Lynch, the Royals’ No. 3 prospect, started and threw two scoreless innings, striking out four. Hitters were not picking up his breaking ball.

“Pretty explosive stuff,” Matheny said.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy is impressed by Josh Staumont.

Is anyone else ridiculously excited about Josh Staumont? The right-hander was showing off video regularly hitting 102 mph or higher during the downtime after looking dominant in his six spring training appearances. He was back at it in the first workout blowing Seuly Matias away with some high cheddar. The pure stuff has always been there and while the walk rate has always been extremely high it never looked as if some small tweaks couldn’t perhaps fix things to be playable in a bullpen role.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter makes the case for Daniel Lynch to be in the rotation soon.

Yankees close Aroldis Chapman tests positive for the coronavirus.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is concerned for Michael Kopech for opting out of the season.

The Padres release former All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier.

The Orioles have made an offer to free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig.

The Blue Jays have reached out about playing their home games in Buffalo this year.

Players talk about their impressions of Summer Camp.

At Fangraphs, David Laurila talks to Driveline founder Kyle Boddy, who is now with the Reds.

The Pawtucket Red Sox were supposed to have their final season this year, so they converted their outfield into a diner.

Lorenzo Cain is committed to advancing social justice.

Chibe Lotte Marines reliever Jay Jackson was arrested in Japan for suspicion of marijuana, but was it a setup over politics and child custody?

Former Red Sox catcher Mike Ryan dies at the age of 78.

College football is at a tipping point for 2020 and beyond.

A MLS match is postponed after one inconclusive test and an unconfirmed positive COVID-19 test.

Eight steps needed to reopen schools this fall.

The 50 greatest bassists of all time.

Hugh Jackman’s butt is uncensored on Disney Plus.

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