Injuries & Moves: Mills recalled, Peacock DFA'd

July 1st, 2022

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

LATEST NEWS

July 1: RHP Wyatt Mills recalled from Triple-A Omaha; RHP  designated for assignment; RHP Ryan Weiss claimed off waivers, optioned to Omaha
Mills, one of two pitchers the Royals received in Monday's trade with the Mariners for Carlos Santana, is a 27-year-old reliever with a 1.83 ERA across 19 2/3 innings at Triple-A this year and has 19 Major League appearances across 2021-22 with Seattle. To make room on the roster, the Royals designated for assignment Peacock, who had a 5.40 ERA across nine appearances this season between the Royals and D-backs.

Weiss, 25, spent parts of four seasons in the D-backs' system, rising as high as Triple-A. A fourth-round Draft pick in 2018, Weiss is 15-11 with a combined 4.38 ERA in the Minors. -- Dawn Klemish

INJURY UPDATES

COVID-19 IL

RHP Joel Payamps (health and safety protocols)
Expected return:
TBD
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:
TBD
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)