Player Notes - Kansas City and Minnesota
Kansas City
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Alex GordonLFRoyals outfielder Alex Gordon (right wrist surgery) has been cleared to threw and take 15 swings Tuesday.Gordon underwent extensor retinaculum repair in january He's a four-time Gold Glove winner who batted .266 with 19 HR, -74 RBI, 87 runs and stole 12 bases. He's capable of more and this wrist injury, which may have happened back in July, could have been the culprit. He could be ready for Opening Day.2/23/2015 1:55:00 PM
HotEric Hosmer1BFirst baseman Eric Hosmer and the Royals agreed to a two-year, $13.9 million contract according to MLB.com.The two sides avoided arbitration with this deal. Hosmer underachieved in the 2014 regular season, hitting .270 with nine home runs and 58 RBI in 503 at-bats, but he played very well in the playoffs. Hopefully, he can carry that streak into 2015.2/18/2015 7:57:00 PM
Alex GordonLFRoyals outfielder Alex Gordon had right wrist surgery, but is expected to be ready for the regular season, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.Gordon underwent extensor retinaculum repair. He's a four-time Gold Glove winner who batted .266 with 19 HR, -74 RBI, 87 runs and stole 12 bases. He's capable of more and this wrist injury, which may have happened back in July, could be the culprit.1/2/2015 10:35:00 AM
Alex RiosRFThe Royals have signed outfielder Alex Rios to a one-year $11 million contract.The deal has a mutual option for 2016, and would be worth $12.5. Rios will be 34-years-old at the start of the season, but he could be worth a look later in drafts.12/19/2014 4:54:00 PM
Billy ButlerDHThe Royals have declined the 2015 option on 1B/DH Billy Butler.Butler would like to return to Kansas City, but will be seeking a multi-year deal as a free agent. The Royals preferred to pay the $1 million buyout, as opposed to picking up a $12.5 option. Butler hit .266 in 2014, with nine homers and 66 RBI.11/1/2014 4:08:00 PM
Mike Moustakas3BRoyals third baseman Mike Moustakas will hit eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.Moustakas hit eighth for the first time in the postseason in Game 6 and rewarded his manager with an RBI-double and solo home run.The Royals lineup is the same as it was in Game 6.10/29/2014 3:21:00 PM
Omar Infante2BRoyals second baseman Omar Infante is 6-for-27 (.222) in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.Infante has faced Hudson the most out of any hitter in the Royals lineup. Alex Gordon is the only batter with a home run off Hudson.10/29/2014 9:30:00 AM
Mike Moustakas3BRoyals third baseman Mike Moustakas was 2-for-4 with a double and home run in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.Moustakas' double scored the first run of the game in the second. He later scored in the seven-run inning. He also hit a home run off Hunter Strickland in the seventh.10/29/2014 9:21:00 AM
Lorenzo CainCFRoyals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with two walks, three RBI and a run scored as Kansas City beat San Francisco, 10-0, in Game 6 of the World Series.Cain had a two-RBI single in the second to break the game open and an RBI-double to add an insurance run in the third. Cain was one of six Royals hitters to have two hits in Game 6.10/29/2014 9:12:00 AM
Alcides EscobarSSRoyals shortstop Alcides Escobar was 2-for-5 with a run and RBI in Game 6 against the Giants.Escobar beat out an infield single in the second inning to load the bases. He hit a ground ball to Brandon Belt at first base, but Belt looked the runner back to third base too long and Escobar beat Belt to first. After another hit, Giants starter Jake Peavy was chased from the game. Escobar's other hit was an RBI-double in the fifth.10/29/2014 9:05:00 AM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Joe Mauer1BThe Twins will hire Paul Molitor as their next manager, according to Patrick Reusse of 1500ESPN.He was the favorite and will take over Ron Gardenhire. Molitor will be the third manager in franchise history.11/1/2014 12:05:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery to repair his fractured left forearm according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Plouffe originally thought he wasn't going to need the surgery, but a second opinion convinced him to receive it. He should be ready for spring training.9/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Joe Mauer1BTwins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.9/28/2014 9:53:00 AM
Tommy MiloneSPTwins starter Tommy Milone threw a scoreless inning in his return to the mound on Saturday.Milone had not pitched since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. He did not receive another start, but the scoreless inning is encouraging. Milone finishes the year with a 6-4 record and 4.19 ERA in 118 innings.9/28/2014 9:18:00 AM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier goes 2-for-6 with a homer Saturday versus Detroit.It was his 23rd of the year, and now is hitting .244/.347/.419 with 71 RBI. Dozier has made for great value for fantasy owners in 2014.9/27/2014 10:42:00 PM
Eduardo EscobarSS/3BTwins infielder Eduardo Escobar has monster night.Not only did he hit his sixth homer rof the year, but Escobar also had six RBI on a 4-for-5 night. Not a bad way to end a season.9/27/2014 10:40:00 PM
Ricky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco wins sixth game of season.In his final start of 2014, Nolasco went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, and struck out six. It has not been a good year, however (6-12, 5.38 ERA). Nolasco will look to rebound in 2015.9/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Phil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes turned down an opportunity to pitch this weekend to reach his 210 innings quota and earn a $500,000 bonus according to MLB.com.That's a head scratcher. Hughes pitched eight innings on Tuesday before the game was stopped due to rain, which ultimately left Hughes 1/3 inning short of 210 on the season. Minnesota offered to let him pitch this weekend to receive the bonus, but he turned it down. If you really don't need the money Hughes, I'll take a half a million bucks. In all seriousness, Hughes has been excellent this year, posting a 16-10 record with a 3.52 ERA and 186 strikeouts versus just 16 walks.9/25/2014 5:00:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe tweeted on Thursday that he will not need surgery to repair his fractured left forearm.Plouffe broke his forearm on Wednesday when A.J. Pollock's leg hit his arm on a slide at third base. He will not need surgery but will be in a cast for six-to-eight weeks. We expect him to be fine for spring training next year.9/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
Kurt SuzukiCIt is a small sample size, but Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is a career .400 (4-for-10) hitter against Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer.The catcher also has a home run in his 10 at-bats. Prior to his 0-for-3 on Tuesday, Suzuki had hits in his previous nine games.9/25/2014 10:32:00 AM