Orlando is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Texas, FSKC's Joel Goldberg reports. With the return of Lorenzo Cain off the disabled list, Paulo Orlando will get a day off for the first time in 12 games. Cain will get the nod at right, and Jarrod Dyson takes over in center as the Royals face A.J. Griffin and the Rangers. Orlando could end up losing a little time on the field because of Cain's return, but it would be hard to justify with the way he has been playing recently.
Orlando went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and a steal against the Rangers on Thursday. After his two-double bust-out Wednesday, Orlando decided this whole extra-base-hitting thing sounded like a pretty good idea, so he went ahead and did it again. Don't expect the power-hitting prowess to continue, but Orlando has been picking up base knocks consistently since May. He can help fantasy teams in batting average and has a little speed, but there's still not much else in the package.
Orlando went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs against the Angels on Wednesday. Don't look now, but the speedy Brazilian's hitting .324. He has no power and the speed hasn't much shown up in the form of steals, so his fantasy value remains limited other than his contribution in average.
Orlando is back in the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays, Joe Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports. Orlando received just one start in the last five games while the Royals were in NL ballparks for consecutive series, as manager Ned Yost elected to start Kendrys Morales in right field with the DH unavailable. Now that Kansas City is in Toronto, Orlando will return to his regular roll, batting sixth in the order.
Orlando is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports. The Royals are playing in a National League park for the fifth straight day, leaving Kendrys Morales unable to serve in his typical DH spot. Because manager Ned Yost wants to keep Morales' bat in the lineup, he's had to insert the slugger in right field, largely at the expense of Orlando, who will sit for the fourth time in five games. Orlando should return to a near-everyday role beginning Monday, when the Royals travel to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays.P