Player Notes - Kansas City and Minnesota
Kansas City
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Salvador PerezCRoyals catcher Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against Cleveland.Perez hasn't done much in July, but he's still batting .285 on the year and is one homer away from tying his career high of 13.7/25/2014 11:29:00 PM
HotMike Moustakas3BRoyals third baseman Mike Moustakas raised his average to .200 for the first time all season Friday night.He went 1-for-4 with a homer, his 13th of the season, against the Indians. Moustakas has batted .268 with nine homers and an OPS north of .830 in his last 36 games after a putrid start to the season.7/25/2014 11:27:00 PM
Eric Hosmer1BRoyals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," and has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against Cleveland.Hosmer has missed a few games due to the bruised right hand and it's still bothering him. First basemen with a .701 OPS are a dime-a-dozen and not in high demand by fantasy owners.7/24/2014 5:56:00 PM
Eric Hosmer1BRoyals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.Hosmer has missed a few games due to the bruised right hand and it's still bothering him. First basemen with a .701 OPS are a dime-a-dozen and not in high demand by fantasy owners.7/24/2014 10:52:00 AM
HotMike Moustakas3BRoyals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a career .389 hitter (7-for-18) versus Cleveland starter Corey Kluber.Moustakas has batted .313 for the week as he closes in on the Mendoza Line (.199). He might be an inexpensive play worthy of a one-day shot Thursday.7/24/2014 10:29:00 AM
HotAlex GordonLFKansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has reached base 21 times (15 H, 6 BB) in his last nine starts.Gordon went 3-for-3 with a walk Wednesday against the White Sox and is hitting .280 with a .794 OPS this season. However, he hasn't homered since June 21.7/23/2014 7:52:00 PM
HotJames ShieldsSPKansas City starter James Shields has recorded a 2.02 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 28/3 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings over his last four starts.Shields lasted seven innings and allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven in a no decision Wednesday at Chicago. He's back on track after getting roughed up in eight starts from May 24 to July 1 (5.66 ERA, 1.62 WHIP).7/23/2014 7:47:00 PM
Eric Hosmer1BRoyals first baseman Eric Hosmer exited Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand," the team announced. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, KC StarHosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand and it's still bothering him.7/23/2014 5:15:00 PM
Eric Hosmer1BRoyals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) is in the lineup Wednesday.Hosmer missed the past two games due to a bruised right hand. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).7/23/2014 12:42:00 PM
Salvador PerezCRoyals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) is back in the lineup Monday.Perez missed Sunday's game with minor groin soreness. He'll DH Monday and Billy Butler will start at first in place of Eric Hosmer (hand contusion).7/21/2014 7:35:00 PM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
ColdPhil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes (shin) will not miss a start, according to the Star Tribune.Hughes was hit in the shin by a comebacker in his last start. After posting a 6.31 ERA in his last seven starts, Hughes has the second largest disparity in baseball between his FIP (2.71) and his ERA (4.10).7/27/2014 12:46:00 PM
ColdJosh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out 11 times in 22 plate appearances against Saturday's starter Chris Sale.Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012 and its probably best to avoid him.7/26/2014 11:08:00 AM
ColdJosh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham has gone deep twice in his last four games, but he hasn't had a good month otherwise.He's 9-for-60 (.150) in July and 15-for-104 (.144) in his last 32 games. Despite a .213 average, Willingham's OPS is still .776 because he's continued to walk and hit for some power.7/25/2014 11:09:00 PM
ColdPhil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes left Thursday night's game after being hit with a ball off the bat of Adam Dunn.Hughes will get an X-ray and then we will know the extent of the injury. The right-hander had given up five earned runs in each of his last two outings heading into tonight and five or more earned runs in five of his last six so likely wasn't in any lineups.7/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana went 3-for-3 with a triple Wednesday against the Indians.The Twins dropped Santana to ninth in the order Wednesday, but he should be back up to leadoff soon. He's hitting .325 with two homers, 16 RBI, 22 runs and six steals in 154 at-bats.7/23/2014 7:36:00 PM
ColdDanny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana just off the DL suffered through a horrible night going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.Santana had been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He's 1-for-9 in the two games since he's returned. Bench him until he starts to get back into the swing of things.7/19/2014 11:30:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.Santana has been out since June 26 due to a knee injury. He'll return to a .328 average, two homers, 16 RBI, six steals and an .814 OPS, though his production has been assisted by a .400 BABIP.7/18/2014 5:20:00 PM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with a double, two homers and four RBI Sunday at Colorado.Dozier didn't make the All-Star team because the American League second-base field is so deep, but he has a strong case. He's hit just .242 but has 18 homers, 45 RBI, 69 runs and 16 steals. AL captain Jose Bautista picked Dozier to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday.7/13/2014 7:37:00 PM
Kurt SuzukiCTwins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus Tyler Matzek and the Colorado Rockies.Suzuki is a .300 hitting catcher that almost no one is talking about. He's batting .306 with 18 doubles, two homers, 35 RBI, 25 runs and a .756 OPS.7/12/2014 3:38:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSMinnesota CF/SS Danny Santana (knee) will not play again prior to the All-Star break, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.Santana will need a rehab assignment before returning. He's batted .328 with 10 doubles, two homers and six steals in 134 at-bats this season.7/9/2014 8:25:00 PM