KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 01: Stating pitcher Felipe Paulino #59 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the game against the Oakland Athletics on June 1, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
3 Total Updates since June 8, 2012
10 months ago Update 0 comments
The Kansas City Royals are going to need a major influx of talent in the starting rotation this offseason. That much was already clear last winter, but the team's lack of dependable options without any real depth to speak of kept the team from contending in 2012 the way they could have in a weakened AL Central. Unfortunately, even the injured guys are going to take some time to come back as Felipe Paulino set at a timetable recently of next May before coming back from Tommy John surgery.
"It's going to be long. I have to be patient with myself," Paulino said. "I know it's going to be long, but I'll try to go slow, like it's supposed to be and try to make it my goal to back next year by May."
For now, he's spending time working out with the training staff of the Royals in Kansas City while also learning more of the mental side of the game even if he can't physically perform. That's a facet that KC manager Ned Yost said would be good for Paulino and his teammate Danny Duffy to learn from -- given that neither pitcher will throw for the Royals for some time. Yet both also factor heavily into the team's future.
"It's good because they're both great guys. But it's good for them, too," Yost said. "Especially for Duffy to be here, watch games, learn from [pitching coach] Dave [Eiland] and watch how pitchers pitch. It's a learning experience for him, too. So it's good for both of them."
11 months ago Update 0 comments
Joakim Soria. Blake Wood. Danny Duffy. Now Felipe Paulino. It's a laundry list at this point, referring to the number of pitchers that the Kansas City Royals have placed on the Disabled List for Tommy John surgery. In fact, James Andrews might as well change his title to Royals Team Doctor.
The news is out that Paulino, the Royals best pitcher in 2012, will likely have to undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. This means that KC is once again struck by a major injury at a point in the season where they are finally turning the tide. The Royals are within five games of the AL Central lead and were just now getting Salvy Perez back behind the plate in the line-up.
While the pitching has been strong as of late with solid starts by Luis Mendoza and Bruce Chen among others, the loss of Paulino significantly sets back the rotation that was already thin to begin with. From their most promising pitching prospect to their best starter as well as their closer, the Royals have lost a lot of players to TJ.
Paulino was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA for the Royals this season.
12 months ago Update 0 comments
The Kansas City Royals are caught in a tough position when it comes to Felipe Paulino’s injury all the way around. The biggest issue, of course, is that the team’s best pitcher in 2012 is not going to make his next scheduled start. Further complicating the situation is that his roster spot is also in flux given the indefinite nature of the injury.
Dayton Moore spoke recently about the loss of Paulino and noted that the team doesn’t want to make an official move if they don’t have to.
"I don’t know yet. I’m optimistic, but it’s probably going to be about 48 hours before we get a true indication," Moore said. "We don’t want to put him on the DL if he’s only going to miss one start or two starts."
Yet at the same time, Paulino’s spot could be taken by another pitcher to help ease the load if Paulino is going to miss significant time. Instead of being at full strength, the Royals will be a man down for the next several games.
"We’re still evaluating. He’s a little better today," Moore said on Thursday. "I’m keeping my fingers crossed there. He’s a pretty quick healer, but we’ll see."
Paulino is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 7 starts this year.
12 months ago Update 0 comments
In a season where the Kansas City Royals starting pitching has ranged from head-scratching to all-out frustrating, Felipe Paulino has been a ray of light. In fact, he’s been downright brilliant for a long stretch recently that’s included five of seven outings where he’s allowed zero earned runs. But now the Royals might have to make due without him for an indefinite period of time due to a groin injury for their ace.
Paulino came out of the first inning last night against the Minnesota Twins due to a groin injury that the pitcher said he was careful not to aggravate. His reason is that he’s been at this point before with a similar injury.
"I was a rookie and I didn’t care if it was sore," Paulino said. "I was still pushing and I really pulled my groin and it put me out like a month. So now I feel the same deal in that spot, so I’ll try to be little smarter on that point."
The Royals were hoping for another strong outing from Paulino to put away their AL Central rivals and climb even closer to that .500 record. Instead they lost the game to the Twins 4-2 and their pitcher for an undetermined stretch.
"It was just not my day today, unbelievable," Paulino said. "But the good thing right now is it’s no big deal. My groin is just a little bit strained and hopefully tomorrow there will be less inflammation in that spot."
The Royals now head to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates for a three-game series.