Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi leaves game with “knee discomfort”

In the identical inning the Kansas Metropolis Royals batted round, broke Tuesday’s game open and left little doubt they’d finish their dropping streak at 4 video games, in addition they noticed beginning shortstop Adalberto Mondesi come off the sphere gingerly with an obvious damage.

Mondesi, the injury-plagued athletic phenom, left the game within the sixth inning after pulling up awkwardly on the bases. The Royals mentioned he got here out of the game on account of “left knee discomfort.” Nicky Lopez took over at shortstop.

The Royals scored 4 runs in that inning on the way in which to a 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox within the first game of their three-game sequence at Assured Price Discipline.

Mondesi efficiently bunted for a single on a well-placed ball up the third-base line that left the protection no probability of getting him at first base. The bunt got here after Bobby Witt Jr.’s leadoff double, and it gave the Royals runners on the corners with no outs.

With Mondesi on first base, White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez threw over to first base a number of instances. After the final throw over, which brought on Mondesi to scramble again to the bottom, Mondesi walked off the sphere and went into the dugout the place he was met by a member of the coaching employees. Edward Olivares entered the game as a pinch runner.

Royals supervisor Mike Matheny mentioned Mondesi was sore after the game, however the preliminary examine from the medical employees appeared to point no structural points. Matheny mentioned Mondesi would doubtless get checked out once more on Wednesday morning. He described the preliminary findings as “good news” after Mondesi got here off the sphere.

“You just hope for the best when something like that happens, you’re just kind of waiting to hear,” Matheny mentioned. “It didn’t look good, but we got as good a news as we could possibly get.”

Coming into the day, Mondesi had began all 14 of the Royals’ video games this season and performed each inning at shortstop for the membership.

Mondesi’s well being and availability have been an ongoing storyline, notably final season when he suffered the primary of two indirect accidents on the ultimate day of spring coaching.

Strains to each obliques and a left hamstring pressure saved him out for almost all of the season. He performed simply 35 video games final season, his fewest since showing in 25 in 2017.

Late final season, the Royals brazenly mentioned the potential for utilizing a load administration method with Mondesi.

Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore even mentioned the membership couldn’t view Mondesi as an on a regular basis participant on account of his damage historical past. Although Moore later softened that stance.

From the start of spring coaching camp, the Royals’ proceeded with a major infield alignment of Lopez at second base, Mondesi at shortstop and Witt at third base.

Witt primarily performed shortstop all through the minors, and Lopez had a stellar season final yr because the membership’s beginning shortstop with Mondesi injured. However each basic supervisor J.J. Picollo and Matheny made it clear in spring coaching that they’d head into the season with Mondesi as their on a regular basis shortstop.

On Sunday, Mondesi prolonged his Royals document to 75 consecutive errorless video games on the shortstop place, courting again to Aug. 2, 2020. He broke the earlier document set by Lopez final season.

Picollo defined throughout spring coaching why the membership had determined towards utilizing a load administration system or artificially scheduling days off for Mondesi.

“We just think he’s too valuable to be on the field,” Picollo mentioned in early April. “Hopefully, we can monitor his workload in different ways that if we’re sensing that it’s time to give him a day, we give him a day.”

In early April, Picollo additionally addressed whether or not or not they’d go away themselves open to second-guessing by not limiting Mondesi.

“The only reason I say no to that is because we haven’t come up with a definitive answer as to what will keep him healthy,” Picollo mentioned. “There’s nothing we can find, whether it’s performance science, strength and conditioning. Again, it’s the unpredictability of it.

“It’s not like he has one chronic thing. It has gone to different body parts. We just don’t feel like there’s a clear-cut answer based on what our guys have researched that says this is the way to go. That’s why I say it’s going to be more of an awareness of how to manage him through the course of say maybe two-week chunks.”

Whereas Mondesi performed in each game to this point this season, the Royals early-season schedule had been extra unfold out than anticipated on account of a mix of three scheduled off days in addition to two climate postponements.

This story was initially printed April 26, 2022 9:58 PM.

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas Metropolis Royals and Main League Baseball for The Star. A local of the Northeast, he’s lined highschool, collegiate {and professional} sports activities for The Lowell Solar, Binghamton Press & Solar-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Name and The Salt Lake Tribune. He’s gained awards for sports activities options and sports activities columns.

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