Samad Taylor had a great Royals debut on Saturday, with the game-winning hit to snap a ten-game losing streak.
“I was coming off the field, trying to get the guys going and motivate them,” Taylor said. “We were down early. Stayed down until the [seventh] inning. The biggest thing was to come into the dugout and get the momentum going. I know as soon as you get momentum in the game of baseball, anything can change.”
Austin Cox has the longest hitless streak to start a career in Royals history.
“I think I learned what I can and what I can’t do at a higher level,” Cox said before his debut. “That was one of the adjustments as far as where my fastball plays, where it doesn’t play.
“... That’s kind of the biggest thing, just pitching with confidence. I felt like the plan we put in place, I had a lot of trust in. That was where I felt like things ticked up.”
Zack Greinke lamented his performance the third time through the lineup on Sunday.
“They’ve certainly done that to a lot of pitchers over the years,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “Every game, each team gets that third time through the order. ... Zack is the kind of guy we have a lot of confidence in being able to do something different, give them a different look.”
Michael Massey landed on the Injured List over the weekend, Anne Rogers has more.
The cut was sore but manageable Tuesday and Wednesday, but after the off day Thursday, Massey said his finger was too swollen to move, let alone pick up a bat. The cut broke open every time Massey bent his knuckle. He was placed on the IL, retroactive to June 15, to give it time to heal.
“It’s not in a great spot,” Massey said. “We’re trying to see if the inflammation goes down, the swelling. It just keeps cutting back open. It keeps bothering me and limiting me.”
The Royals called up outfielder Matt Beaty and pitcher Brooks Kriske from Omaha, and designated pitcher Mike Mayers for assignment. Vinnie Pasquantino moved to the 60-day Injured List to open up a 40-man roster spot.
Royals manager Matt Quatraro said Kriske could have multiple roles in the Royals’ bullpen. “He can throw one-plus, two innings,” Quatraro said.
“He’s gone more than two a couple of times. He’ll be a regular reliever for us.”
Ryan Yarbrough will begin the road to recovery.
LHP Ryan Yarbrough will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with our Arizona Complex League team.— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 18, 2023
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