Royals Lose Another to Injury Bug

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UPDATE: NO LIGAMENT DAMAGE, JUST A SPRAIN! Re-Evaluate in 5 days, POSSIBLE could be back in 2 weeks at the earliest. 

In Tuesday night's Royals victory over the Rays, yet another Royal went down with an injury. Left fielder Brett Eibner came up lame in the 5th inning while chasing down a ball, and tumbled to the ground in obvious pain. He was unable to leave the field under his own power and was carted off with what was described as an ankle sprain for now. He is set to undergo an MRI today to discover the extent of his injuries.

He will most certainly be put on the DL, it is just a matter of how long. Speculation on social media immediately began theorizing it may be an Achilles tear which could take months to heal from. A left lateral ankle sprain has a range of recovery times depending on the severity of the tear. Should it be a simple strain he could be out anywhere from a week to months. Regardless, given the situation, it seems inevitable that Eibner will be at least a short term casualty of the DL. 

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Eibner had performed admirably in his fill in role for the Royals big league club. He was called into action when Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went down with a fracture in his hand. Gordon is still expected to be out at least 2 more weeks, most likely more. 

Eibner played in 4 games for the Royals, and slashed .462/.500/.692 in his short time with 3 of his 6 hits being doubles. He earned the callup but previously hitting .309/.411/.537 with 10 home runs for AAA Omaha. 

The Royals have a few options for replacing Eibner including outfielders Reymond Fuentes and Jorge Bonifacio. Royals prospect and former first round pick Hunter Dozier is also making a push with his bat at AAA, though he plays primarily third base. 

The Royals still have four guys on the roster capable of playing outfield in Dyson, Cain, Orlando and Merrifield, but with Merrifield playing primarily second base in place of the struggling Omar Infante, the Royals are rather thin. The Royals will continue on with their next man up approach that has certainly worked just fine the last couple of weeks given that despite injuries, they have won 6 straight series now. 

 

 

 

 

 

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