Isbel was invited to the Royals' big-league spring training Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Isbell will get to work with the Royals' big-league coaching staff for a few weeks, though he's not particularly close to joining them for good. In 52 games for High-A Wilmington last year, the highest level he's reached, he hit just .216/.282/.361.
Isbel (wrist) was activated from the 7-day injured list with High-A Wilmington. He hit .360/.407/.680 with two home runs and three steals in seven rehab games in the AZL. Isbel has been outstanding in a 13-game sample for the Blue Rocks this season, and he could shoot up prospect rankings if he picks up where he left off after missing almost three months with a wrist injury.
Isbel (wrist) went 2-for-3 with a home run and stolen base Thursday while serving as the designated hitter in a rehab game for the Royals' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate. The 22-year-old made his first appearance in affiliated ball since April 17 after being sidelined with a fractured hamate bone, per Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com. Given the lengthy layoff, Isbel will likely stick around in Arizona for a few more contests before reporting back to High-A Wilmington. Prior to getting shut down with injury, Isbel was slashing .348/.423/.630 through his first 13 games in the Carolina League.
Isbel was placed on the 7-day injured list at High-A Wilmington after a ball went off his face on defense, Clint Scoles of RoyalsAcademy.com reports. This untimely injury interrupts what had been a very impressive start to the season. The 22-year-old was hitting .348/.423/.630 with two home runs, five steals and a 15.4 percent strikeout rate in 52 plate appearances.
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