Royals promote MJ Melendez as Cam Gallagher goes to the IL

Cam Gallagher would possibly’ve hopped round on one leg or dragged a limp leg round behind the plate if Royals supervisor Mike Matheny and the Kansas Metropolis coaching workers had let him.

Gallagher, the membership’s backup catcher, strained his hamstring in the backside of the third inning of Sunday’s sequence finale in opposition to the New York Yankees, however he gutted it out for one more full inning till Matheny pulled Gallagher for a pinch runner.

By the time reporters had been in the clubhouse after the sport, Gallagher had an MRI completed and the Royals had already introduced they’re putting him on the injured record and recalling catcher and final yr’s Minor League Baseball residence run chief MJ Melendez from Triple-A Omaha. The roster transfer is anticipated to formally come on Monday.

Gallagher began at catcher rather than Salvador Perez, who was in the lineup as the designated hitter for the day sport following an evening sport.

“I did not want to come out,” Gallagher mentioned. “Being a backup catcher, you gotta give a guy a day. He catches a lot of games during the year. I’ve gotta give him a day. I was trying to do whatever I could to stay in the game, let him rest his legs.

“Obviously, me wanting to do that and doing what’s best for the team is different, so we had to make the move.”

Gallagher suffered a grade 2 pressure on a base hit to left discipline as a part of a three-run third inning for the Royals.

“I’m feeling alright. I’m just a little frustrated right now, but it is what it is and I’ve just got to take it one day at a time,” Gallagher mentioned.

Gallagher mentioned he felt one thing “grab” in his leg as he ran to first base on a single in his first at-bat of the sport in the third inning.

Gallagher didn’t transfer nicely when Nicky Lopez grounded right into a fielder’s selection. The Yankees acquired the drive out at second base, which allowed Gallagher to return to the dugout.

“It hurt pretty good, but I tried to stay in,” Gallagher mentioned. “I tried to give Sal a day. You know, that’s my job. It’s really frustrating, especially with us losing three in a row to the Yankees right now.”

Gallagher remained in the sport behind the plate the subsequent inning. His flip in the batting order got here up once more in the subsequent inning, and he reached base on a fielder’s selection when he laid down a bunt. He initially ran for himself, however then Ryan O’Hearn entered the sport as a pinch runner for Gallagher at first base.

“We were planning on him going as long as he could go,” Matheny mentioned. “But you could just see kind of how (a player is) reacting to whatever injury is there. Talking to the training staff. Is there a chance that he can make this worse? Knowing that it’s a tough spot when your catcher is in the DH position early in the game.

“He gets the bunt down and they force him out at first base, he probably goes back out and catches a little bit more and we just try to limit the running. But you get on first base and it’s a close game, we’ve gotta make a move.”

Perez moved from DH to catcher to begin the fifth inning, and the Royals went with out the DH for the remainder of the sport.

Melendez, who has not appeared in a major-league common season sport, went into this season ranked the No. 42 prospect in the minors by Baseball America.

A left-handed hitting former second-round draft pick of highschool, Melendez slashed .288/.386/.625 and launched 41 residence runs in 123 video games between Double-A (28) and Triple-A (13) in 2021.

He was the first participant since 2016 to hit 40 homers or extra in a single minor-league season and the 14th participant to achieve this since 1990. He additionally grew to become the first major catcher with 40 homers or extra in the minors since Todd Greene hit 40 in 1995.

Rivera and Peacock optioned to minors

Following Sunday’s sport, the Royals optioned infielder Emmanuel Rivera and aid pitcher Matt Peacock to Triple-A Omaha to scale back their major-league roster from 28 gamers to 26 gamers, per MLB guidelines.

Prior to the begin of the season, MLB and the MLBPA agreed to have an expanded roster by Might 1. The expanded 28-man roster was due to the shortened spring coaching camp this winter in the aftermath of the MLB lockout and collective bargaining negotiations.

Beginning on Might 2, MLB groups can have not more than 26 gamers on their lively roster and not more than 14 pitchers.

Following Sunday’s roster strikes, the Royals at the moment have 14 pitchers and 12 place gamers on their roster.

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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 coated highschool, collegiate {and professional} sports activities for The Lowell Solar, Binghamton Press & Solar-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Name and The Salt Lake Tribune. He’s received awards for sports activities options and sports activities columns.

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