Earlier today, it was Alex Gordon and his wrist. Just a few hours later, it has become Alex Rios and his hand. Broken, you know. Out indefinitely.
Lots of speculation with this news, not the least of which was the removal of Terrance Gore from his AA game today. In combination with the speedster already being on the 40 man roster, one would be led to believe that Gore will take Rios’ spot on the 25 man roster. I don’t hate it.
After all, it took six games and an injury to get Jarrod Dyson into live action and, far as we can tell, neither Eric Kratz or Christian Colon really exist. This is not a team or a manager that is going to utilize the bench very much. Quite frankly, if you want strategery, Gore is probably more likely to see action than say a Whit Merrifield or someone of that ilk.
In the regular lineup, it appears that Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando will platoon and likely do so in right field with Lorenzo Cain staying in center. Dyson, I assume because he is small and fast, is perceived as not having a good arm. Truthfully, Dyson’s arm is no worse than average, probably not a lot different than that of Cain. I like the idea of the guy playing everyday (Cain) staying in one spot, where he might be better than Dyson anyway. So, keeping Lorenzo in center and leaving rightfield to Dyson and Orlando makes sense to me and likely leads to better overall defense than the Royals were getting out of Rios. That is, by the way, not a criticism of Rios’ early season defense, but more a compliment for the amount of ground Dyson can cover. It should also be noted that Orlando is considered a superb defender with a very good arm.
The Royals are not blessed with a ton of major league ready depth, but they actually were assembled to, at minimum, get by with an injury to the very player who got hurt. Write this down, because I’m sure it has never been said before, are part of the game. This is as good a time and as tolerable a position to take the hit as the Royals could hope for. It’s not the best situation, but it is far from the worst.
Remain calm, everyone. Don’t panic.