By: Jon Van Pelt
Yes, it’s true, Royals 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas is out for the season following an injury he sustained Sunday in Chicago when he and left fielder Alex Gordon collided. Gordon, suffered a broken hand during the incident, and will be out for a few weeks. Moustakas, on the other hand, suffered a tear to his ACL in his right leg.
He was listed day to day until Thursday, when he was able to be back in KC and get it checked out by the Royals team Physician. The news broke mid afternoon Thursday, along with it the news that Brett Eibner would be brought up in his place, from AAA Omaha.
A third, more minor injury has affected the team, as Kendrys Morales will be out for a few days with a finger injury. While it at seem that everything is beginning to fall apart, right as the team has begun to caught fire, the depth that Kansas City has should make a good compensation for the losses.
While it is almost impossible to replace Moustakas, Cheslor Cuthbert has proven defensively that he can keep things in line. The right field debate will have come to an end, at least for a while, as both Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando will get plenty of playing time each in left and right, respectively. Whit Merrifield will also get playing time between, 2nd, 3rd, left and potentially right and center, as to give guys days off when needed. Brett Eibner, who has been having a terrific year in Omaha, will most likely start out as a DH while Morales is down, just to get himself some swings in before going to a defensive spot as well.
All in all, yes, it’s a horrible feeling to know that your allstar gold glove worthy third baseman is out for the rest of the season, and your 4 time gold glover in Left is down temporarily but, this is a team that builds championships, they did not buy their championship, they grew it, from the ground (A, AA, AAA) up to the major league squad that won it all. Sure, some trades were made late in the season, but as a whole, they built the team. If they want a shot at the three-peat this postseason, they are going to have to prove that more than ever now.
I have full confidence that this group of guys can still pull through. Will it be tough? Yes. Will it take guts? Yes. Will every expert out there probably write them off? Yes. So my question now is…. what’s new? What is new? How many times have we seen this same scenario? How many times have they been statistically eliminated from winning? If there is one thing we can be sure of, no matter who it is on that field day in and day out, these Royals, Do. Not. Quit.