Moore confident Royals will turn things around

GM says club to make adjustments, but doesn't expect any drastic moves

May 10th, 2016

NEW YORK -- The state-of-the-union message from Royals general manager Dayton Moore: He maintains faith in his team.

Moore told by phone on Tuesday that he did not foresee any drastic changes to the roster as the Royals attempt to navigate through a prolonged slump: The Royals, entering Tuesday's game against the Yankees, had dropped 10 of 13.

"What should I do on May 10th?" Moore said. "We put this team together and we fully expect this team to perform better. We still have a great deal of faith in this team, because it has been there before. Our players are very good self-evaluators."

The Royals dropped below .500, at 15-16, for the first time since July 22, 2014.

"The last two weeks have not been what we've been accustomed to," Moore said. "There are lots of areas that we know we can improve upon. You have to make adjustments, too."

Moore wouldn't indicate specifically what those adjustments might be in terms of personnel, but the Royals have gone through a painful stretch of poor starting pitching. On Tuesday, manager Ned Yost said he was taking Chris Young out of the rotation and inserting Dillon Gee for Saturday's game against the Braves. Young then indicated he was heading back to Kansas City to get an MRI on his sore forearm.

"The game requires that you make necessary adjustments," Moore said. "Pretty apparent what our deficiencies are right now, and that's starting pitching. It's pretty obvious why we're not winning games right now. We have to address the area and expect to get better."

Club officials believe left-hander Mike Minor, who signed a two-year deal in February and is rehabbing in extended spring camp after having shoulder surgery last year, could slide into the rotation by the end of the month or in early June.

Moore also indicated he didn't expect a change in right field. The club decided in the offseason that it was time to give Jarrod Dyson an opportunity to be an everyday player. Dyson entered Tuesday hitting .218 and was five for his last 36.

"We made a decision internally with that position and we remain committed to that decision," Moore said. "It's important for our players to perform offensively and defensively at every position. And they know that. It's all the positions, not just one. Our players expect a lot of each other."

Moore said he anticipates his club to turn it around shortly.

"Over 162 games, there will be ups and downs," he said. "There will be times when you play better than others. It's no secret we are capable of playing much better than we are right now.

"We still have faith. We're not going to doubt who we are and what we're going to accomplish this season. We've played 31 games, and in the last two weeks we've been poorly executing. But we will get better."