Adalberto Mondesi is one of the most talented young shortstops in the league when healthy. Unfortunately, the Royals star can’t seem to stay on the field.
Mondesi is a demon on the basepaths when healthy, stealing 114 bases in just 318 games, including 24 in 59 games in the abbreviated 2020 campaign.
2021 has been a disaster so for Mondesi. Over the Royals’ first 77 games of the season, he has played in just ten of those games, with only 38 plate appearances. He has been explosive when he has played, batting .361 with a 1.212 OPS and four home runs.
The Royals have struggled without him, both offensively and defensively, as their record indicates.
The latest Adalberto Mondesi injury update with the KC Royals
On June 20, Adalberto Mondesi suffered a strain to his left oblique and was placed on the 10-day IL, according to MLB.com. This was only his third game back after returning from his previous IL stint.
This was his third injury of the season and the second oblique strain already this season, but not the same oblique. These injuries never seem to heal quickly, so it may be a few weeks before he returns to the Royals’ lineup. He missed eight weeks with his right oblique strain earlier in the season.
Adalberto Mondesi Injury History
Adalberto Mondesi has a long injury history for a player so young, with a lot of missed games.
Adalberto Mondesi injury number six: hamstring
Mondesi suffered a hamstring strain on May 31 in just his seventh game of the year. He would not be activated until June 16.
Adalberto Mondesi injury number five: right oblique
The start of the season kicked off very late for Mondesi as he was put on the IL on March 30, right before the 2021 campaign got underway. He strained his right oblique and was held out of the lineup until May 25.
While the Royals started hot in his absence, they also fell into an 11-game swoon which set them back into the middle of the pack in the American League Central.
Adalberto Mondesi injury number four: shoulder
Mondesi hurt his shoulder at the end of the 2019 season, missing the last five games of the year. After his early shoulder problems, the Royals took no chances by sitting him out at the end of a lost season.
Adalberto Mondesi injury number three: shoulder
He hurt his shoulder on July 16, 2019, and did not return to action until Sept 1, missing a month and a half of the season. It was his second trip to the IL during 2019
Adalberto Mondesi number two: groin
A groin injury cost the shortstop two weeks a month earlier in the 2019 campaign. While it didn’t cost him as much time as some other ailments, it still warranted another stay on the IL.
Adalberto Mondesi injury number one: shoulder impingement
His first major injury, which cost him nearly half a season in 2018, resulted from Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, suffered in Spring Training that year. Unfortunately, it was only the beginning of a series of injuries that have cost the talented youngster a massive amount of playing time in his development years as an MLB player.
Health is a skill set that Mondesi has not yet shown over the years. It is tough for a budget-minded franchise like the Kansas City Royals to consider a long-term investment in a player, no matter how talented and exciting he may be, if he cannot prove he can stay healthy for the long haul.
Hopefully, Mondesi will figure out a way to stay on the field. He could be a building block for the future but not if he is continually getting hurt.