Orlando ready to help despite sore left wrist

May 15th, 2016

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right fielder Paulo Orlando was still nursing a very sore left wrist on Sunday, a day after he was hit by a fastball from Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz.

The worst part: The home-plate umpire ruled it a foul ball, and Orlando didn't even get a free base for his pain.

But Orlando was relieved after Saturday's 5-0 loss that there was nothing broken in the wrist.

"I was scared," Orlando said before Sunday's series finale. "It was loud, so loud it sounded like it hit my bat.

"But it's nothing serious. I got the MRI, just in case. Nothing broken."

Orlando was back in the lineup on Sunday, trying to show manager Ned Yost he merits more playing time.

Yost turned to Orlando for a Friday start in place of the slumping Jarrod Dyson, who had gone 4-for-35.

Orlando isn't trying to make too big of a deal of this opportunity.

"I've said before that I will do whatever they want -- pinch-runner, pinch-hitting, play defense," he said. "I'm here for that."

Yost had wanted to install a "loose" platoon in right field, with Orlando facing some of the tough lefties. But the Royals haven't faced many lefties lately, so before Friday, Orlando had just six at-bats all month.

"If I get the opportunity to play against righties, I just have to be ready," Orlando said.

Orlando was ready on Saturday, getting two hits, including a double. His only out was a smash to right-center that was caught.

"Sometimes it's hard because you don't have a feel if you don't play much," Orlando said. "But I try to prepare, and just select good pitches to hit."