Liam Hendriks SP KC 12 Hrs
The Royals designated Hendriks for assignment Friday.
A spot on the 40-man roster had to be freed up with Moises Sierra coming aboard via a waiver claim from the White Sox, and Hendriks was the casualty. The 25-year-old Hendriks struggled in nine appearances (six starts) between Toronto and Kansas City this season, posting a 5.23 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 32.2 innings, but he was much better at the Triple-A level (2.45 ERA, 0.96 WHIP).
Michael Taylor LF/RF CWS 15 Hrs
Updating a previous report, Taylor declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Charlotte and is now a minor-league free agent, Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports.
Rather than head back to Charlotte, Taylor, 28, has opted to seek an opportunity elsewhere. Although he's hit just .167/.254/.216 in parts of four seasons at the major league level, Taylor has fared well at Triple-A (.278/.369/.441) and should have little trouble latching on as organizational depth with another club.
Michael Taylor LF/RF CWS 16 Hrs
Taylor was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Taylor, who was acquired from the A's in mid-June, earned a September call-up by batting .306/.386/.489 with six homers in 64 games with Charlotte. The 28-year-old went 7-for-28 with a double and five walks in 11 games with the big club, which simply wasn't enough to maintain a spot on the team's 40-man roster.
Moises Sierra LF/RF CWS 16 Hrs
The Royals claimed Sierra off waivers from the White Sox on Friday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
A 2-for-34 start with Toronto this season significantly damaged his overall numbers, but Sierra went on to post a respectable .276/.311/.417 batting line in 83 games after coming over to the White Sox on a waiver claim, with a .824 OPS in the second half. His arm makes him a more than capable corner outfielder, and he proved this season that he can play center as well if necessary.
Adam Wainwright SP STL 17 Hrs
Wainwright (elbow) should be able to resume throwing in eight weeks and is expected to be ready for spring training, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Just days after GM John Mozeliak said doctors had prescribed Wainwright rest, the Cards' ace underwent surgery to "trim" a piece of cartilage from his right elbow. Apparently, following a second opinion, it was determined surgery was the best way to address the issue. The belief is that Wainwright's elbow issues were the result of his massive workload over the past two seasons -- he's thrown 519.2 innings since the starts of 2013 -- and while he is expected to be ready to go come spring training, Mozeliak has said the team will be more deliberate in curtailing his workload next season.
Taylor Jordan SP WAS 18 Hrs
Jordan underwent surgery in September to remove bone chips from his right elbow, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.
The 25-year-old struggled in five April starts for the big club, with a 5.61 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 25.2 innings, resulting in his demotion to Triple-A Syracuse at the end of the month. He worked to refine his mechanics and eventually regained his velocity, but elbow soreness forced Jordan out of action in early June and would ultimately end his season. Jordan did undergo Tommy John surgery in 2011, but this was merely a cleanup procedure, and the expectation is that he should be ready for spring training.
Tim Lincecum SP SF 18 Hrs
Lincecum (back) will be available for Game 3 of the World Series, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports.
Lincecum exited Wednesday's Game 2 with a lower back injury, but after undergoing an MRI and playing catch, he'll be ready if needed. There still could be some hesitancy to call upon him though, but he's an option nonetheless.
Adam Wainwright SP STL 19 Hrs
Wainwright will undergo elbow surgery, Will Carroll of Bleacher Report reports.
Wainwright was dealing with some elbow issues during the playoffs, but it didn't force him to miss any action and was cleared to have a normal offseason. The surgery will deal with a bone spur situation, normally a minor procedure, so he should be good to go before spring training.
Jarrod Dyson CF KC 20 Hrs
Dyson is in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
As the series shifts to a national league ballpark, the Royals were forced to shake up their lineup. Dyson will get his first start of the playoffs, hitting eighth and holding down center field duties.
Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 20 Hrs
Aoki is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series.
With the series shifting to San Francisco, the Royals lose the DH, so it appears Aoki will be the odd man out of the lineup. Lorenzo Cain will shift over to right, and Jarrod Dyson will start in center.