The Kansas City Royals have played ten games this spring so far. There have been several different story lines coming out of camp in just the last week or so. As we count down the days until Opening Day, here is my Royals Roundup with news and notes in early Spring Training.
Adalberto Mondesi Eyes Return Soon
Shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, who has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery since last fall, saw his first live action Saturday in an intrasquad game.
Manager, Mike Matheny mentioned how he wanted to get Mondesi back into the habit of seeing live pitching. He later mentioned that there is no concrete date for him to see his first Cactus League action, but it could come in the next few weeks. The goal is for Mondesi to be ready for opening day.
Brady Singer’s First 3 Outings.
Starting pitcher Brady Singer has played in 3 games this spring. His first outing came against the Cleveland Indians where he threw 1 inning and had 2 strikeouts. His next game was a start vs the Chicago Cubs where Singer threw 2 innings, gave up 3 hits and had 2 strikeouts. However, in his most recent showing, Singer only threw 2/3 inning, allowing 3 earned runs and 3 walks vs Oakland A’s.
Singer talked after the game about how his fastball wasn’t working the way he wanted it to. He remains in contention to be on the Kansas City Royals’ opening day roster, and will continue to be interesting to watch throughout the rest of Spring Training.
Stephen Woods Jr. Injury Update
Royals Rule 5 Draft pick, SP Stephen Woods Jr., turned his ankle while attempting to cover first base on a groundout on Saturday, and he was lifted from the game after he promptly walked the next two hitters. There is no timetable for his return according to the Royals.
Greg Holland impresses in Royals’ Return
Royals fans are very excited to see RP Greg Holland back in Kansas City. Holland, since he left the Royals had spent time with the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Rockies, and Nationals. Now back in the Show Me State, Holland has impressed so far in his appearances this spring.
“I feel like I repeated my delivery well and threw a lot of quality pitches,” Holland said. “At this point in spring training, I’m trying to key in on more throwing pitches in the strike zone. A couple of breaking balls I threw, later in the season I might try to expand the strike zone with those. But I’m trying to throw them for strikes because that’s a lot harder for me to do than throw it below the zone.” It will be interesting to see if he can revamp his career in 2020.
Whats next: The Royals will play a 7:05pm central time game vs Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday after their off day. Jake Junis was scheduled to start for the Royals but he has a minor lower back strain, so it will be a bullpen game. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City. And so, there is the Royals Roundup: News and Notes in Early Spring.
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