Injuries & Roster Moves: Duffy activated

June 23rd, 2021

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

ROSTER MOVES

June 23: LHP reinstated from injured list
The Royals reinstated Duffy ahead of his first start since May 12. The veteran lefty went on the IL with a left forearm flexor strain but has been throwing without pain recently. He’ll build up innings on the job rather than going on a rehab assignment and hopes to continue his stellar start to the season, when he posted a 1.94 ERA across seven starts and 41 2/3 innings.

June 23: RHP optioned to Triple-A Omaha
Kowar was lights out across the first month of the regular season when he was in Omaha, prompting his promotion on June 7. But he struggled in the Majors, allowing 10 runs in five innings (two starts and one relief appearance). In the bullpen, he wasn’t going to get the innings he needed consistently, so he’ll go back to Omaha to build back up and work on mechanical adjustments the Royals pinpointed with his extension.

June 21: SS placed on 10-day injured list (left oblique strain)
Mondesi is now on his third IL stint of the season after a right oblique strain caused him to miss 45 games at the start of the season, a left hamstring strain sidelined him for two weeks, and now a left oblique strain has him down for an undetermined amount of time. In 10 games, Mondesi has hit .361 with four homers.

June 21: INF/OF recalled from Triple-A Omaha
O’Hearn was mashing at Triple-A Omaha, hitting .375 with a 1.382 OPS in 19 games. He didn't wait long to make an impact back in the Majors, hitting a game-tying solo homer off Yankees ace Gerrit Cole in the fourth inning Tuesday night. O’Hearn has shown this power before, but he has struggled to see it translate to the big leagues. He’ll get an opportunity at designated hitter, first base and off the bench for the Royals.

INJURY UPDATES

10-day IL

SS (left oblique strain)
Expected return: TBD
Mondesi will rest once again until a formal timetable is determined for his return later this season. His first oblique strain -- on the right side -- sidelined him for a month and a half at the beginning of the season. Mike Matheny did not disclose whether this one was more severe than the first, but it will be significant time before Mondesi’s able to return. (Last updated: June 22)

C (right shoulder impingement syndrome)
Expected return: TBD
Gallagher was placed on the injured list, retroactive to June 17, with a right shoulder impingement that manager Mike Matheny described as having bothered the catcher for some time already. A timetable for his return will be based on how Gallagher responds to treatment. He was hitting .263 in his previous seven games leading up to the IL stint. (Last updated: June 20)

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

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 bullpen sessions in March. He appeared in his first rehab game in Surprise, Ariz., on June 22 and will continue to progress innings from there. (Last updated: June 23)

RHP (right flexor strain)
Expected return: TBD
Bolaños was transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL after the Royals' medical staff further examined the right-hander and determined his right flexor strain would require more treatment. Manager Mike Matheny said the treatment is still unclear but expects it to be aggressive. In his last appearance, Bolaños struck out four hitters in 3 1/3 innings against the Athletics as he allowed one earned run on two hits.  (Last updated: June 18)

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)