Adalberto Mondesi will be placed on the 10-day Injured List with a left oblique injury, according to multiple reports. This is the opposite side from the injury that cost Mondesi the first six weeks of the season. First baseman Ryan O’Hearn will be recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
Royals GM Dayton Moore met with reporters today at his C You in the Major Leagues camp. He said SS Adalberto Mondesi is likely headed to the IL with a left oblique. Moore said Mondesi is devastated.— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) June 21, 2021
Mondesi left Sunday’s game with pain in his side. He had played in three games since being activated from the Injured List for a hamstring injury, homering in two of them, including a long 465-foot home run on Friday. He is hitting .361/.378/.833 with four home runs in 10 games.
The enigmatic Mondesi has shown glimpses of amazing play, but his career has been peppered with injuries. He has yet to play over 102 games in a season, although he missed just one game in the shortened 2020 season.
Dayton Moore said the latest Mondesi injury would not alter or speed up the club's development plans for top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. #Royals— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) June 21, 2021
Sam Mellinger of the Star recently wrote, “There has long been a belief from some that Mondesi does not know the difference between an injury and something he can play through” adding there were some beliefs Mondesi could have played through a hamstring injury. Oblique injuries can be trickier though, with an average Injured List stint running at 22 days, according to a recent study.
O’Hearn had been on fire in Triple-A Omaha, hitting .371/.443/.929 with an incredible 12 home runs in 18 games. He has appeared in 20 games for the Royals this year, hitting .189/.246/.377 with three home runs.