Injuries & Moves: Pasquantino (leg contusion) not in lineup

May 29th, 2024

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May 29: 1B (lower left leg contusion) not in lineup but available off bench
Pasquantino was injured in a collision at first base with Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, who was trying to beat out an infield grounder on Tuesday. Buxton's knee made contact with Pasquantino's lower leg while the first baseman stretched high to receive the throw from Maikel Garcia at third. Pasquantino tried to walk it off, but eventually left the game with a trainer.

Pasquantino said he experienced some numbness in his leg, but X-rays were negative. He has been receiving laser and hot/cold therapy and is available off the bench Wednesday with hopes of returning to the lineup Thursday.

“It was just kind of weird. It’s an uncomfortable play," Pasquantino said. "You’re not expecting to get hit there, and then to get hit and kind of lose some feeling, is a bit strange. But [the feeling has] come back so I feel pretty good today."

As for any hard feelings toward Buxton, Pasquantino put that to rest immediately.

“First off, Byron’s a good dude. I’ve played against him … enough to get to know him a little bit. He’s not a dirty player by any means," Pasquantino said. "So I know for a fact that’s not something he was trying to do.

“He’s digging, he’s trying to get there, and it’s just unfortunate that it happened. I’m sure he’d say the same thing. I hope we’re not in that situation again, for him and for me, because he got hit as well.”

INACTIVE LIST

RHP (personal matter)
Expected return: TBD
The Royals placed Lyles on the inactive list on April 20. The team is not disclosing the reason for Lyles’ absence other than describing it as a “personal matter.” There’s no timeline for his return, as the Royals are letting him take the time he needs.

Because of the type of inactive list Lyles was placed on, it opened a 40-man roster spot for the Royals, which they utilized on April 22 by promoting righty reliever Tyler Duffey. (Last updated: April 22)

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

2B (low back ligament sprain)
Expected return: June
Massey, who was removed from the game on May 24 after hitting a three-run homer, was placed on the 10-day injured list on May 26 with a low back ligament sprain. The 26-year-old second baseman dealt with a similar issue at the end of Spring Training, which delayed his season debut until April 19.

Manager Matt Quatraro said on May 26 the injury hasn’t gotten worse, but Massey will require a few more days of rest before resuming baseball activity.

Quatraro wasn’t certain whether Massey needed to see a medical specialist, but said a more specific medical plan will be developed in Kansas City at a later date. Massey has slashed .294/.306/.529 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 29 games this season. (Last updated: May 26)

3B Cayden Wallace (right side tightness, No. 2 on Royals Top Prospects list)
Expected return: TBD
Wallace was placed on the 7-day Minor League injured list on May 22 after exiting his Double-A game in the first inning. He was replaced by a pinch runner after hitting a single in his first plate appearance on May 21 as he dealt with what the Royals described as right side tightness.

“We will know more after some further evaluations, but he is going to be out for at least the seven-day minimum on the Minor League side,” said director of player development/field coordinator Mitch Maier. “... We will know more once we get some imaging and further develop a plan, but it looks like it’s an oblique [injury], and we will go from there.”

The former second-round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft was slashing .282/.350/.427 with three homers and 16 RBIs through 34 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season. (Last updated: May 22)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

LHP (left elbow surgery)
Expected return: Around the All-Star break
The Royals transferred Bubic’s rehab assignment from Double-A Northwest Arkansas to Triple-A Omaha on May 27. He made two appearances for Northwest Arkansas, including a two-inning stint on May 24. He’s expected to start one game for Omaha during the team’s series at Indianapolis (May 27-June 2).

Bubic opted for full ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery in April 2023 and has had a smooth recovery so far, targeting the middle of 2024 as a potential return date. (Last updated: May 27)

LHP (left arm/biceps nerve injury)
Expected return: Second half of the season
Taylor felt soreness when he was warming up for his March 17 Cactus League outing and was shut down afterward with left biceps soreness. The lefty reliever was diagnosed with a musculocutaneous nerve injury, and his timeline to return is unknown, as he'll be shut down from throwing until his biceps and upper arm regain strength.

Taylor was transferred to the 60-day IL on April 7 to make room for Colin Selby on the 40-man roster. (Last updated: April 7)

RHP (right shoulder surgery)
Expected return
: 2025
The Royals traded for Wright in November in exchange for Jackson Kowar knowing Wright was coming off shoulder surgery after the 2023 season. They made the move thinking ahead a year, foreseeing how Wright, who will be 29 in '25, could help after he led the Majors with 21 wins and posted a 3.19 ERA in '22.

Pitchers who have this procedure typically take a year to return, and Wright is rehabbing in Kansas City with the goal of having a normal, non-rehabbing offseason later this year. Wright was placed on the 60-day IL on Feb. 17 to make room for reliever John Schreiber on the 40-man roster. (Last updated: March 28)