David DeJesus awaiting word on his status for next season

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Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star tells us that David DeJesus is currently waiting to hear if the Royals plan to exercise his $6 million option for next season.

“I
would like to know,” he admitted, “but I haven’t heard anything yet. I
want to be around a little longer, … Hey, let’s do it.”

DeJesus
needed surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb after he
crashed into the outfield wall at Yankee Stadium on July 22. The
30-year-old outfielder expects to begin hitting off a tee in the next
few days and hasn’t ruled out a return before the end of the season. He
was batting .318/.354/.443 with five home runs and 37 RBI before
suffering the injury.

It
looks like a foregone conclusion that the Royals will pick up the
option on DeJesus for next season, especially at such a reasonable
salary, but general manager Dayton Moore told Dutton that the
team “is not prepared to say what we’re doing at this point.”

The Royals were reportedly “very close” to trading DeJesus before the injury, so it’s possible they could revisit talks even if they pick up the option.