The Kansas City Royals said Saturday that catcher Cam Gallagher has tested positive for COVID-19."To say this caught me by surprise would be an understatement," Gallagher said, per MLB.com. "I played in last night's intrasquad game and felt great, then received the news this morning that my most recent test had come back positive."I am asymptomatic and will continue to work as hard as I can to stay ready while I quarantine. The first couple of weeks of workouts have just made me that much more excited about our ballclub and I can't wait to rejoin them and compete as soon as I'm allowed."
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Sharon Robinson walked past the entrance mural that includes a portrait of her father, Jackie Robinson, as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. She moved on to the Don and Jean Wagner classroom, and she made subsequent stops at the athletic training room and the spacious indoor baseball diamond, with its bright green turf.
What will the 2019 Royals look like? Perhaps a little like the Royals from 2013-15, if all goes well. After going along with the industry trend the past few years of searching for pure power to manufacture runs, Kansas City will return to its former identity of speed and elite defense to try and win ballgames in 2019.
Speed will be an essential theme for a Royals club that already boasts the Major League steals leader in Whit Merrifield (45) and a rising star in Adalberto Mondesi, who stole 32 bases in 75 games.
All 30 Major League teams will wear special "MLB 150" patches on their uniforms for the entire 2019 season in honor of the 150th anniversary of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first openly all-salaried professional baseball team.
When the Royals acquired speedy outfielder Brett Phillips from Milwaukee in the Mike Moustakas trade last July, Phillips immediately showed he could be a Royals-type defender, making numerous brilliant defensive plays in center field and right field.
The Royals announced on Saturday that they signed veteran right-hander Homer Bailey to a Minor League contract with an invitation to the club's Major League Spring Training camp.
OK, here's the fun part of February: projecting a way-too-early 25-man roster. The hardest part for the Royals will be sifting through the right-field options, as well as the bullpen, and the two are interconnected in terms of roster space.
Fans and analysts spend the entire offseason speculating where the top free agents could go, but sometimes an under-the-radar pickup can end up making a world of difference. As positional competitions begin to heat up at Spring Training camps this month, MLB.com's beat writers were asked to identify one potentially overlooked acquisition for each of the 30 clubs. Here's who they came up with.