Injuries & Roster Moves: Olivares recalled

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Keep track of the Royals’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.


June 14: placed on 10-day injured list (right rib fracture)
After feeling something pull during a throw in the outfield on June 13 in Oakland, Benintendi had imaging done the next day that revealed a hairline fracture in his right ribcage, putting the left fielder on the injured list for an undetermined amount of time. Benintendi had been a consistent bat for an offense that has seen ups and downs this year. He’s slashing .283/.340/.429 with eight home runs, six doubles, 31 RBIs and 19 walks in 60 games.

June 14: recalled from Triple-A Omaha
Olivares will get a chance to play consistently in Benintendi’s absence. The outfielder can fill all three spots and has seen improved defense since the Royals traded for him last season. His bat has been a force for Omaha this year, as the 24-year-old hit .370 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 24 games. He also had five hits in five games with Kansas City earlier this year.

June 11: RHP clears waivers
After he was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the 40-man roster for Jackson Kowar, the Royals announced that Newberry cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Omaha. The reliever allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings with Kansas City this year but has posted a 1.13 ERA across eight innings (seven games) with Omaha.

10-day IL

LHP Danny Duffy (left forearm flexor strain)
Expected return
: Late June
Duffy is throwing up to 90 feet with “some pretty good intensity,” manager Mike Matheny said at the beginning of the month. On June 14 in Kansas City, Duffy threw a live session -- with shortstop Adalberto Mondesi taking swings -- and afterward said he felt good with all his pitches. The Royals will see how Duffy recovers from that before determining the next step for his return. The veteran lefty enjoyed a stellar start to the season, posting a 1.94 ERA in seven starts (41 2/3 innings). He characterized his injury as a “speed bump” when he went on the 10-day IL in May. (Last updated: June 14)

SS (left hamstring strain)
Expected return:
First eligible to come off the IL on June 14
Mondesi was placed on the IL in a move retroactive to June 4 after feeling his hamstring pull on a defensive play against the Pirates on Memorial Day. After a few days of rest, he has been taking batting practice with the team as well as participating in infield drills. “It’s not out of the question” that Mondesi returns sometime during the next homestand on June 14-20, Matheny said. Swinging and playing defense both look normal for him; it’s the running that’s a concern with a hamstring strain. In Oakland on June 12, Mondesi was on the field pregame with Royals trainers doing agility drills -- quick bursts of running -- to simulate fielding at shortstop and running the bases. (Last updated: June 12)

OF (right rib fracture)
Expected return: TBD
Benintendi felt “something grab on him” during a hard throw from the outfield on June 13 in Oakland, manager Mike Matheny said, and imaging revealed a hairline fracture in his right ribcage. Benintendi will rest for now before determining the next steps in his rehab process, but it will likely be some time before he can ramp back up to baseball activities. (Last updated: June 14)

60-day IL

RHP (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return: TBD
It’s back to square one with Hahn’s rehab and treatment after he exited his rehab appearance early. By the time the right-hander could be ready to throw a pitch in a Major League game, he’ll be past the 60-day mark for when he was first placed on the injured list in April, so the Royals cleared a roster spot by transferring him to the 60-day IL. He’s eligible to return on June 11, but it could be longer than that. (Last updated: May 25)

LHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: TBD
Tillo had Tommy John surgery during summer camp last season and began throwing again during the offseason before progressing to bullpens in March. He is scheduled to throw his first live bullpen session to hitters the second week of June, and if all goes well there, he’s on track to appear in a game in Surprise, Ariz., at the end of June. (Last updated: May 25)