Kansas City’s new right fielder, Alex Rios, has been diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand and is out indefinitely after being hit by a pitch from Twins reliever J.R. Graham on Monday.
Rios came to the Royals via free agency as the replacement for Norichika Aoki, signing a one-year, $11 million contract following a poor, injury wrecked season with the Rangers.
He managed just four homers and a .398 slugging percentage in 131 games last season, but the Royals were hoping he still had some gas left in the tank at age 34 and Rios was off to a good start with nine hits–including a homer–through seven games.
Speedy part-timer Jarrod Dyson figures to see a lot more action in the Royals’ outfield with Rios out. Dyson, who frequently entered last year’s playoff games as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner, is a career .257 hitter with a .336 slugging percentage. However, he does a decent job getting on base and once there he has 50-steal speed.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.