Mike Moustakas
3B KC
2 days ago

Moustakas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play.

EDGE Analysis

With four homers already this spring, Moustakas looks to have retained the power he displayed early last season before suffering a torn ACL, but he's displayed little in the way of plate discipline. He's struck out in a quarter of his at-bats and has walked just three times, resulting in an uninspiring .250 on-base percentage. Moustakas' career .303 mark in that category carries more weight than his spring number, but it nonetheless illustrates the lesser value he carries in OBP leagues.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
3 weeks ago

Moustakas (knee) is expected to make his Cactus League debut at third base on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Moustakas, who underwent ACL surgery last July, has been eased back into team workouts this spring and now will finally get his shot on the field. He appeared in just 27 games last season, hitting seven home runs before suffering his season-ending injury. Manager Ned Yost has reiterated that Moustakas will be completely ready by Opening Day, and Tuesday seems to be a major step in that process.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
1 month ago

Moustakas (knee) has been participating in spring training workouts.

EDGE Analysis

Heading into spring training, Moustakas said that he felt as though he was nearing full health after tearing his ACL early in the 2016 campaign. He'd indicated that the club was going to gradually ease him back over the course of their early workouts, but all signs point to the 28-year-old third baseman being ready for action once Opening Day rolls around.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
2 months ago

Moustakas said Friday that his knee is "almost 100 percent," Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Now nearly eight months removed from undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, Moustakas seems confident that he's close to a full recovery. However, he did acknowledge that he will likely be put on a slower schedule than is normal during spring training. Moustakas was walking more, striking out less and hitting for more power than ever before (.260 ISO, up from .186 in 2015) before going down with the injury.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
4 months ago

Royals manager Ned Yost said that Moustakas will be "100 percent ready to go" when the season starts as he continues to rehab a torn ACL, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The knee injury was preceded by a thumb ailment, and Moustakas was on the field for just 27 games in 2016. One particularly encouraging sign last season was that he sustained the power increase he showed in 2015 (.470 SLG, 22 homers) with seven long balls and a .500 slugging percentage in his 113 plate appearances. A detailed timetable for Moustakas' return hasn't been revealed, but he's on track for Opening Day, which suggests that he'll likely be able to accumulate spring training at-bats in Arizona in March.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
9 months ago

Moustakas (knee) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Moustakas has already been ruled out for the remainder of 2016 after undergoing surgery to repair his torn ACL, so the move was purely a procedural one. Tyler Olson, who was claimed off waivers by the Royals earlier Tuesday, will fill in on the 40-man roster in a corresponding move and report to Triple-A Omaha.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
10 months ago

Moustakas (knee) underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL on Thursday and he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

Moustakas was ruled out for the season in late May after what was initially diagnosed as a knee contusion turned out to be a torn ACL. In his absence, the Royals have been turning to a mix of Chelsor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield to take Moustakas' place at third base. Fortunately, Moustakas' surgery Thursday was deemed a success by Dr. James Andrews, so he figures to begin rehab in the near future with the goal of being ready for Opening Day in 2017.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
10 months ago

Moustakas has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Rustin Rodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals will turn to Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield in the short term, but they might be forced to seek for a trade in the long run. Moustakas' loss is a big one for Kansas City, as the third baseman was expected to be a key part of the Royals' offense, and he hit .240 with seven homers in 104 at-bats. Outfielder Brett Eibner was recalled from Triple-A as a corresponding roster move.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
10 months ago

Moustakas was placed on the 15-day DL Thursday with a right ACL tear.

EDGE Analysis

It is not clear if it is a complete or partial tear, and the team has not yet released a timetable for his return, but he is likely done for the season. Kyle Schwarber, for instance, suffered a fully torn ACL and LCL before the season and was then ruled out for all of 2016. Outfielder Brett Eibner was recalled from Triple-A as a corresponding move, but he won't be responsible for filling this massive void at third base. The Royals will likely turn to Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield in the short term, but neither player offers much long term upside. Hunter Dozier, 24, is having a major breakout year in the upper levels of the minors, and is slashing .296/.324/521 with four homers in 17 games at Triple-A, so he could be a consideration later in the season. The Royals may also look to address their need at the hot corner via trade. Either way, it's probably safe to drop Moustakas in single-season leagues at this point.

Mike Moustakas
3B KC
10 months ago

Moustakas (knee) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Minnesota, and according to MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan, he will be examined by team doctors Thursday in Kansas City.

EDGE Analysis

Per Flanagan, Moustakas was able to take some swings Wednesday, but he reported some discomfort when he tried to move laterally. He'll get the day off yet again Wednesday while Chelsor Cuthbert makes another start at the hot corner, batting seventh in the order. Thursday's visit with team doctors ought to provide a clearer picture for when Moustakas can be expected to return.