Royals outfielder Alex Rios out indefinitely with fractured hand


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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.