Royals starting center fielder Lorenzo Cain is headed to the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Cain underwent an MRI today after pulling up lame in Tuesday’s game with the Cardinals. The injury occurred when he was attempting to leg out a hit and beat the throw to first base. Immediately after the play, it was obvious he had hurt himself.
Taking his place on the big league roster will be Brett Eibner, who was sent back down to AAA Omaha upon the return of Alex Gordon on Saturday. Eibner has performed well in his short stints with the Royals this season, and was hitting .297 with a .514 slugging percentage before being sent back down, but just .208 in seven games after activation from the DL. The Royals (40-36) play the last two games of a home and home 4-game series with the Cardinals, starting tonight in St. Louis. Eibner is a natural CF, so it’ll be interesting to see if Ned Yost goes with him out there, or Dyson and Orlando. Knowing Ned, he’ll likely go with Dyson, but he’ll also likely not play against left-handed pitchers, leaving Eibner or Orlando to man the position.
No word yet on the length of the DL stint, but, the All-Star candidate will be eligible to return until after the All-Star break.
Cain is hitting .290/.336/.416 with 8 HR and 39 RBI. He recovered from a slow start, where he hit .220/.297/.293 with 2 HR, 8 RBI in April, thanks to a mammoth month of May (.351/.387/.577 with 6 HR, including a 3-HR game at Yankee Stadium).
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