KC Royals rehabbing outfielder Lorenzo Cain is looking good for the AAA Omaha Stormchasers. Look for him to return to Kansas City sooner rather than later.
In two games in center-field for the Omaha Stormchasers, Lorenzo Cain has three singles in eight at bats. Though he has fielded two chances in the outfield, he hasn’t really had to test his injured hamstring. However, he has been running the bases on numerous occasions.
Overall, Cain has looked fine while running and hasn’t pulled up limping or showing signs of struggle.
I guess I’m grasping at any good news available here, because the Kansas City Royals REALLY need Cain back with the big club as soon as possible. So far, Cain has been playing right field with the Stormchasers alongside Bubba Starling in center and Jorge Bonifacio in left. Cain was pulled for a defensive substitution in the seventh inning on Wednesday night, but played the entire game against Round Rock Express on Thursday. However, Cain finished the game without taking a defensive chance.
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I suppose the KC Royals front office wants to see Cain ease back into a full workload on his recovering hamstring and give him some at bats to get his timing back. Yet, there has to be a sense of urgency to get him back in the Kansas City Royals lineup because the big club is in desperate need of any possible spark. General manager Dayton Moore is considering making sell moves if the KC Royals don’t pull out of their July swoon before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
Of course, hanging a turn-around all on Cain seems a bit unfair. But, with the KC Royals offense averaging 3.5 runs per game in July in his absence the team needs anything that might make them believe that things will be different. The Kansas City Royals are a miserable 7-16 in July after Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers and fading fast from the AL playoff picture.
They need a hero and Lorenzo Cain is the only help that might be on the horizon. What good is it for him to play in Omaha if the season in ending in Kansas City? Certainly Cain’s health must come first, but the competitor in him must know what’s going on in KC.