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Alcides Escobar played hurt because the Royals have a weird bench

Apr 28, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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Kansas City has had a weird bench situation all season, including no backup middle infielder currently, which means yesterday starting shortstop Alcides Escobar was in the lineup despite swelling in his knee from being spiked Saturday.

Here’s more on the weirdness, from Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star:

If Escobar left Saturday’s game, manager Ned Yost floated the idea of utilizing either first baseman Eric Hosmer or reliever Michael Mariot in left field, with Alex Gordon shifting to third base.

Using a reliever in the outfield and using Alex Gordon at a position he hasn’t played since 2010. There are no bonus points in baseball for degree of difficulty, so it sure seems like the Royals should just find another guy capable of playing shortstop and put him on the roster like every other team does every season.

Of course, Escobar went 1-for-4 with a walk Sunday and the Royals won, so what do I know.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    They might as well play Greg Holland at Short, since Yost will only otherwise use him when the Royals have a small late lead, and how often can we expect THAT to happen??

    • jimmythesmith - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      uh,,, what the hell kind of title do you call this article?

  2. strangebrew22 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Ned Yost…I can’t believe he got another managing job after the Brewers (and somehow maintained that job for several years!).

  3. Detroit Michael - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I believe the problem originally was that Maxwell and Dyson, the 4th and 5th outfielders, were both out of options, plus (like all the teams) the Royals feel compelled to carry a large number of relief pitchers. You would have thought the logjam would have broken while Cain was on the DL and Dyson was in the starting line-up, but I guess not.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Alcides Escobar played hurt because the Royals have a weird bench

    Probably bad wood, all that warping can do a number on you. The Royals should pony up and buy a proper bench for the guy to sit on comfortably during the games.

  5. sportsdrenched - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    See, this is why I can’t ever think this team will take off. There is just too much weirdness going on from Ned and the Front Office.

  6. geoknows - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Um, Aaron, you need to check the Royals 25-man roster again. Jimmy Paredes is on it, and he’s a middle infielder. The problam on Saturday night is that he had already been in the game as a pinch-runner so was no longer available.

  7. onbucky96 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    As a Brewers fan, 3 words: Ned being Ned.

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