Injuries & Moves: Royals land Mills, Fleming from M's for Santana

June 28th, 2022

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


June 27: Royals trade 1B Carlos Santana and cash considerations to Mariners for RHPs Wyatt Mills and William Fleming
The Royals made the first move of Trade Deadline season by sending veteran infielder Carlos Santana and cash considerations to Seattle for two pitchers. Santana was due $10.5 million this season, the last on his contract with Kansas City.

Mills, a 27-year-old reliever with a 1.83 ERA across 19 2/3 innings at Triple-A this year, has Major League experience and was added to the Royals' 40-man roster before being optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

Fleming, a 23-year-old starter who has a 4.92 ERA across 14 starts this season, was assigned to High-A Quad Cities, where he will continue to start. -- Anne Rogers

June 27: Royals select contract of 1B Vinnie Pasquantino, designate Ronald Bolaños for assignment
To make room for their No. 3 prospect on the 40-man roster in Pasquantino -- the slugger known as much for his plate discipline as his power -- the Royals designated Bolaños for assignment on Monday. Bolaños, 25, had a 5.49 ERA in Triple-A Omaha this season and was one of the players the Royals acquired from the Padres in the Tim Hill trade in 2020. -- Anne Rogers



RHP Joel Payamps (health and safety protocols)
Expected return:
Payamps was placed on the injured list on June 13 and stayed back in Kansas City while the team went on its 10-day West Coast road trip. The reliever, who has filled a crucial middle-inning role for the Royals this year, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on June 24. -- Anne Rogers (Last updated: June 24)

10-day/15-day IL

RHP (neck strain)
Expected return: TBD
Staumont was dealing with lingering neck tightness over his last few outings before hitting the 15-day IL on June 26. That tightness influenced the rest of his right arm and didn’t allow him to feel loose with his delivery, causing a dip in velocity and a lack of command. The Royals planned to have more tests done in the following week to try and find answers for what was causing the tightness and solutions to get Staumont back on the mound. There’s no timeline for his return yet. -- Anne Rogers (Last updated: June 26)

C (left thumb)
Expected return: Late August/early September
Perez had surgery on June 24 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb after the veteran catcher aggravated the injury he first dealt with back in May. It seemed to get better over the last month, but Perez tweaked it again on June 22. That prompted an MRI that showed significantly worse results, requiring surgery. The timeline for Perez’s return is about eight weeks, so he is expected to return this season. -- Anne Rogers (Last updated: June 24)

LHP (left index finger blister)
Expected return: Early to mid-July
The corresponding move to bring Zack Greinke back from the IL on June 24 was sending Lynch to the injured list with a blister he had been pitching through for several starts. It wasn’t getting any better as he pitched with it, so the Royals will give it some time to “cool down,” manager Mike Matheny said, before Lynch makes a return. -- Anne Rogers (Last updated: June 24)

60-day IL

LHP Jake Brentz (left flexor strain)
Expected return:
Brentz has been sidelined since April 29 with a left flexor strain. While he seemed to be making his way back when he was sent on a rehab assignment on June 19, the lefty reliever was shut down again after his June 22 appearance, feeling tightness similar to what he felt early this season. He described it as “not worse, but not getting better.” Brentz returned from his rehab assignment on June 24 and will meet with team doctors to determine the next steps. -- Anne Rogers (Last updated: June 24)

RHP (right shoulder surgery)
Expected return: 2023
Zuber was placed on the 60-day IL with a shoulder injury on March 16. The 26-year-old reliever came into the condensed Spring Training with shoulder soreness that was going to delay his progression from the start of camp. He had surgery in mid-May and will be out for the remainder of the season as he rehabs in Arizona. -- Avery Osen (Last updated: May 21)

SS (left ACL tear)
Expected return: 6-9 months, likely not until 2023
Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore announced on April 28 that Mondesi tore his ACL in his left knee while running the bases against the White Sox on April 27. The 26-year-old had successful surgery in the first week of May, so the road to recovery has begun. Mondesi is rehabbing in Kansas City and was transferred to the 60-day injured list on May 20. -- Anne Rogers (Last updated: May 20)