Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are “pushing hard” for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto. He adds, however, that their needs for an outfielder — particularly following the unfortunate injury to Alex Gordon — may trump their need for a starter.
Cueto, 29, has put together another terrific season, owning a 2.73 ERA with a 113/22 K/BB ratio over 118 2/3 innings. The 40-47, fourth-place Reds are shopping Cueto as he is eligible for free agency after the season.
Meanwhile, the 53-35, first-place Royals are looking to bolster a rotation currently led by Edinson Volquez and is otherwise not reliable for late season drama or in a short post-season series. Jeremy Guthrie, Yordano Ventura, and Danny Duffy have ERA’s of 4.65 or worse.
As expected, the Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist. But he’s going to be gone longer than 15 days. The estimate: six weeks. All thanks to an Edinson Volquez fastball whch hit Springer on the wrist while traveling at a brisk 96 m.p.h. last night.
Springer has been hot of late, having been moved up to the leadoff spot where he has hit .325 with 12 RBI since June 1 and with a nice mix of speed and power. Now it’ll be up to Alex Presley, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his place in right field, to fill his shoes.
Astros outfielder George Springer was hit on the right wrist by an Edinson Volquez pitch in last night’s game. X-rays had not been taken by the time the press spoke to manager A.J. Hinch last night, but Hinch did not wax optimistic about the status of Springer, saying that it seems inevitable that he’ll be on the disabled list.
Spring is hitting .264/.365/.457 with 13 homers and 14 stolen bases on the year. His loss will be a blow to the Astros.