3) Eibner’s Injury Will Likely Lead To Jorge Bonifacio’s Big League Debut
Brett Eibner crumpled to the Kauffman Stadium turf while pursuing a fly ball (that turned into a triple with his injury). Eibner left the field on a cart with a left ankle injury that the KC Royals hope is a left ankle sprain (rather than a season-ending Achilles tear).
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Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost told Royals.com that he suspected that Eibner would have to go to the disabled list, but that the 27-year-old rookie would have it examined on Wednesday. Until the team has that diagnosis, I presume they won’t know exactly what they want to do.
If Yost is indeed right and Eibner will have to go to the disabled list, then right fielder Jorge Bonifacio seems the next player in line for promotion to Kansas City. The soon-to-be 23 Bonifacio is slashing .308/.371/.557 at Omaha this season with 9 doubles, 5 triples, and 9 home runs. He doesn’t command the plate like Eibner, but Bonifacio has been hitting the ball with more authority.
The Kansas City Royals farm system is showing that it has a lot more talent in the upper minors than most analysts projected before the season began. The KC Royals have lost four position players in less than 10 days, but haven’t yet hit bottom in the Omaha talent pool.
That, Royals fans, is the mark of success for general manager Dayton Moore.
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