The Kansas City Royals announced that outfielder Jorge Soler has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. Matt Reynolds has been recalled to take his roster spot.
Soler has not appeared in a game since Saturday. The Royals had hoped he’d heal enough from a few days off, but they still hope to get him back before the end of the season. Soler hasn’t quite lived up to the ceiling he set in 2019, but he’s remained a power threat in the middle of the Royals’ order. He owns a triple slash of .235/.331/.456 on the year over 159 plate appearances with 8 long balls and a still-robust .221 ISO.
Ryan O’Hearn and Ryan McBroom have served as designated hitter the last two games. The Royals are likely to cycle different players through the role as long as Soler is out, using the spot to semi-rest regulars like Hunter Dozier, O’Hearn, or Maikel Franco.
Reynolds is a 29-year-old left-side infielder who’s previously appeared in the majors with the Mets and Nationals. He spent all of 2019 with the Nationals’ Triple-A club in Fresno, putting up an impressive triple slash of .295/.401/.521 with 16 home runs. It was his best season by a fair margin, but given his age, the Royals do not likely expect much from Reynolds. That said, he could be one of the players used to cycle through as designated hitter, or he could spell Franco on occasion at third.
Why didn’t the Royals shop him coming into this season? Now he looks like a borderline non-tender candidate.
You know what they say about hindsight. If the royals had sold him for peanuts in the offseason because teams didn’t believe his 2019 was legit then everyone would be talking smack. If he had maintained his health and success this year then their return would likely be much larger. I’m sure they were open to trading him last winter
I think they sign him to a 3 year extension.
ThEy ShOuLd ExTeNd HiM nOt TrAdE hIm!
Borderline non-tender candidate? You can’t be serious…
For the Royals, without a doubt. They’re going to pay a DH $10 million for a season?
At best they would tender him and trade him, they’re not going to let him walk for nothing.
Soler will be extended.
Why Matt Reynolds!? FFS Dayton, it’s a lost season. Get Khalil Lee or someone up who can get reps for the future. We already have 2 1b/dh types that need more ab’s. Reynolds does nothing here.
My thoughts exactly. How in the heck does Reynolds help ANYTHING?
He helps because he can play 3rd/SS/2B/and 1B. They have enough OF help on the roster already.
Would rather sign Soler to an extension. Not sure what a DH with one year left on contract gets on trade market.
Dayton needs to hit on pitching and flip some for more offense.
I am so surprised!!!