Royals outfielder Alex Rios jammed his thumb during Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the White Sox. Per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Rios said the thumb is feeling better, but he’ll have to manage it throughout the season.
Rios, 34, had one of his worst seasons from a power standpoint last year. He hit only four home runs and slugged a meager .398 over 521 plate appearances. He had hit double-digit home runs in every season prior, dating back to 2005. Thumb injuries aren’t exactly helpful, so this doesn’t bode well for a bounce-back season from Rios. The Royals signed Rios in December to a one-year, $11 million deal with a $12.5 million mutual option for the 2016 season.