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Royals place Alcides Escobar on concussion disabled list


Alcides Escobar had hoped to avoid the disabled list after being hit in the face by a Danny Salazar pitch Wednesday, but the Royals have placed the shortstop on the seven-day concussion DL.

Christian Colon has been filling in at shortstop for Escobar, who played all 162 games last season and 155 or more games every year from 2011-2014.

Kansas City will miss his defense most, but Escobar’s speed atop the lineup is also a big part of manager Ned Yost’s strategy even though he has a lowly .653 OPS in 652 total games for the Royals.

The benches cleared in Sunday’s Angels-Royals game

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Royals starter Yordano Ventura and Angels outfielder Mike Trout jawed at each other in the top of the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. The Royals entered the inning leading 7-1, but Trout reached on a one-out single and came around to score on an Albert Pujols double.

Trout, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, yelled “Let’s go!”, ostensibly an effort to motivate his team in a still-winnable game. This rankled Ventura, who shouted something in Spanish that Trout didn’t understand. Catcher Salvador Perez immediately jumped in and escorted Ventura away from Trout. Pujols ran in from second base and the benches and bullpens cleared. No punches were thrown.

You can watch the confrontation at MLB.com with this link. Ventura eventually exited the game with a cramp in his right calf. In his start, he yielded two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The Royals went on to win 9-2.

Ned Yost made a terrible double-switch last night

Ned Yost

Most likely, nothing Royals manager Ned Yost did or didn’t do was going to change the outcome of Sunday night’s Game 5. Madison Bumgarner was dominant, and no combination of Royals hitters figured to beat him. Still, in the midst of the game, Yost made his most inexplicable move in weeks: he committed to 25th man Jayson Nix.

It happened in the seventh inning with the Giants up 2-0 and coming to the plate. James Shields was done for the night after six innings, and Kelvin Herrera was taking over. Had the game been taking place in an American League park, nothing here would have raised an eyebrow.

Game 5, though, was played in San Francisco. And the Royals had the pitcher’s spot due up second in the top of the eighth.

Still, this should have been irrelevant. The obvious strategy was to let Herrera, the Royals’ busiest reliever all postseason, pitch the seventh and get lifted for a pinch-hitter. Instead, Yost opted to make the double-switch. He planned for Herrera to pitch two innings, even though Wade Davis and Greg Holland both have undertaken lesser workloads this month and were very much available, having not pitched Saturday.

That was actually the lesser problem with the move, though. The bigger one is that he locked Nix, who was replacing Omar Infante, into batting second the following inning and finishing the game. Nix wasn’t even on the roster for the ALDS or ALCS. He replaced Christian Colon for the World Series because the Royals preferred his defense. Nix had two at-bats all month. He had a total of seven at-bats in September. He’s a poor hitter in the best of times, and these were not the best of times. For the season, he batted .120/.169/.157 in 83 at-bats.

Had Yost simply waited to pinch-hit for the pitcher’s spot, he would have had his pick of Billy Butler, Norichika Aoki or Josh Willingham to hit (Butler actually hit for Jarrod Dyson to lead off the inning. The other two didn’t get at-bats in the game). Instead, he forced himself to go with Nix, since there weren’t any other infielders on the roster to take over.

Nix ended up flying out in his at-bat in the eighth. Herrera pitched a scoreless seventh, then gave up back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the eighth and was pulled. Davis entered and had a rare off night, allowing both inherited runners to score and giving up a run of his own before escaping the frame. The Royals went on to lose 5-0.

So, no, Yost didn’t cost the Royals the game. He hasn’t cost the Royals a game in a long time now, and it’s been pretty difficult to find ways to make fun of him of late. This was an awful choice, though.

Royals add Jayson Nix to the World Series roster

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Kansas City has made one change to the World Series roster, adding Jayson Nix and subtracting Christian Colon.

Colon is a 24-year-old rookie who debuted in July, whereas Nix is a 31-year-old veteran of seven seasons and eight teams. Nix is a career .212 hitter with a .627 OPS in 466 games as a big leaguer.

Nix will likely fill the same little-used utility man role that Colon did, basically serving as the emergency option at various positions if manager Ned Yost decides to make a whole bunch of late-inning moves.

Omar Infante could require offseason shoulder surgery

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The Royals stormed past the Angels in the ALDS, but second baseman Omar Infante was held hitless during the three-game series as his right shoulder continues to be an issue. According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Infante isn’t afraid to admit that he’s playing through pain right now.

“When I swing in BP, I feel a lot of pain,” Infante said. “I can’t swing really hard. I feel bad, because all year, I’ve felt something.”

Infante isn’t exaggerating here. It started with his elbow and shoulder during spring training. He was then hit in the face by a pitch in April and missed some time with a back issue in May. However, the shoulder issue has lingered through all of it. He received an injection in the back of his shoulder joint around two months ago, but now the discomfort has shifted to the front of his shoulder. The expectation is that he could require minor surgery after the season.

Royals manager Ned Yost has Christian Colon as an in-house alternative to play second base, but all signs point to Infante staying in the lineup for as long as they are alive in the postseason. To help manage his shoulder issue, the 32-year-old has cut down on pre-game hitting and tries to throw as little as possible.

After joining the Royals on a four-year, $30.25 million contract over the winter, Infante batted just .252/.295/.337 with six home runs and 66 RBI over 135 games this season.  He had just one homer and a .553 OPS during the second half.