Orlando was traded from the Dodgers to the White Sox for an undisclosed return Friday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
The 33-year-old has appeared in 278 career major-league games, hitting an uninspiring .263/.289/.384. He'll likely fill an organizational depth role in Chicago.
Orlando signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Orlando posted a wRC+ of 2 (no, that's not a typo) in 93 plate appearances for the Royals last season, hitting .167/.194/.200. The 33-year-old's career .263/.289/.384 mark puts him firmly in organizational depth territory. It would be a surprise to see him get more than a handful of major-league at-bats this season.
Orlando was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Friday and will become a minor-league free agent.
This move frees up roster space for prospects in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Orlando appeared in just 25 games for the Royals in 2018, hitting .167/.194/.200. The 33-year-old figures to serve as organizational depth in 2019 wherever he winds up.
Orlando was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.
He was sent down to clear space for Adalberto Mondesi. Orlando logged a trio of starts during his most recent stint with the big club, going 1-for-11 with two strikeouts. The 32-year-old has hit below the Mendoza Line the past two years and may not get another extended look at the major-league level.
Orlando was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.
In a corresponding move, Rosell Herrera was placed on the paternity list. Orlando will be utilized as extra outfield depth while he's with the club. Across 22 games with the Royals this year, he's hit just .177 with a .422 OPS and 23 strikeouts.
Orlando was sent back down to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
In a corresponding move, the Royals activated Lucas Duda (foot) from the DL. Orlando hasn't been able to find a groove with the big-league club this season, hitting just .177 with an unsightly .422 OPS across 22 games. Though it's likely Orlando will return to Kansas City at some point this season, don't expect him to make much of an impact.
Orlando is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, 610 Sports Radio - KC reports.
Orlando has managed just four hits in eight games (28 at-bats) since returning from the disabled list, so he'll hit the bench to clear his head. Mike Moustakas is serving as designated hitter in his stead, with Alex Gordon, Rosell Herrera and Whit Merrifield covering the outfield from left to right.
Orlando will start in center field and bat fifth Sunday against the Athletics, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Orlando will receive his fourth consecutive start Sunday and looks like he may be the main beneficiary of the recent trade that sent outfielder Jon Jay to the Diamondbacks. The Kansas City outfield will become a little more crowded once Jorge Soler has recovered from the toe injury that has kept him out of the lineup for two straight games, but the Royals' unsettled situation at designated hitter still presents another avenue to at-bats for Orlando.
Orlando was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Orlando has spent the last six weeks at the Triple-A level after appearing in 13 games for Kansas City to open the 2018 campaign. During those games, he slashed .191/.224/.234 with four RBI in 49 plate appearances. He will likely be utilized as a fourth or fifth outfielder and isn't expected to make much of an impact in the fantasy realm.
Orlando was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.
Orlando enjoyed a stretch of increased playing time, but with Alex Gordon returning from the disabled list, the 32-year-old will head back to the minors. His stats in the minors have been fine, but Orlando hasn't been able to produce in the big leagues the past two seasons, putting up a batting average below the Mendoza Line each of the past two years.
Orlando is out of the lineup against the Tigers on Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
Orlando will head back to the bench after going 0-for-3 with one strikeout during Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader. Abraham Almonte will draw another start in center field with right-hander Mike Fiers on the hill for Detroit.
Orlando is not in the lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
It's likely that the Royals will give most or all of their hitters the chance to start in one of the two games. Abraham Almonte will get the start in center field in the first half of the twin bill. With Alex Gordon nearing a return from his hip injury, Orlando's temporary starting job isn't likely to last much longer. He's done very little to claim more playing time, hitting .225/.244/.275 through 11 games.
Orlando is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Orlando will head to the bench for a breather after playing all nine innings and going 0-for-4 in the first game of the twin bill. In his place, Abraham Almonte will start in center field and hit seventh.
Orlando has a sore knee, which is why he is in Saturday's lineup as the designated hitter, hitting sixth against the Angels, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
It's not even serious enough to get his bat out of the lineup, so it sounds like he will avoid missing any time with the soreness. Whit Merrifield is making his first start in center field and hitting second. Orlando is hitting .241 with zero home runs and zero steals in 29 plate appearances.
Orlando is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
Orlando will get the series opener off after starting the previous three games, going 4-for-13 with two doubles and three RBI during that span. In his place, Abraham Almonte draws a start in center field and will bat sixth in the order.
Orlando is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Orlando will occupy a seat on the bench for the second straight game, and fourth time this season. When he has been in the game, Orlando has collected just one hit in 12 at-bats. It seems as though the 32-year-old is being utilized in a platoon, a situation unlikely to change for the better if he continues to come up empty at the plate.
Orlando is not in the Royals' lineup for Thursday's Opening Day matchup with the White Sox, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports.
Orlando is the odd man out for the season opener with Cheslor Cuthbert picking up the start at DH and Jon Jay, Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler holding down the outfield from left to right. It's unclear what Orlando's role will at this point, but he could be forced to settle for a reserve outfield role if manager Ned Yost is content with his Opening Day crew. The 32-year-old could also settle into the short side of a platoon with Jay.
Orlando (hamstring) is back in the Royals' lineup in right field for Wednesday's contest against Cleveland, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports.
Orlando has been sidelined for the last 10 days with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, though he should be fully operational heading into the homestretch of spring training. The 32-year-old appeared in just 39 major-league games last year due to a cold start at the plate and then a fractured shin, but he should be fixture on the Opening Day roster for the start of the 2018 season.
Orlando has entered spring training in a competition with Billy Burns for the Royals' starting job in center field, the Kansas City Star reports.
The 32-year-old nearly racked up 500 plate appearances for the Royals in 2016, but he struggled last season while hitting .198/.225/.302 over 39 games. As a right-handed hitter, Orlando could fall into the small side of a platoon if the Royals deem the switch-hitting Burns to be the better option against right-handed pitching, and if the team decides not to add a more proven player to take over the job via free agency. Over parts of three seasons with Kansas City, Orlando is a career .274/.300/.406 hitter over 823 plate appearances.
Orlando went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season against the Tigers on Wednesday.
After hitting .302 over 128 games for the Royals last season, Orlando had his 2017 derailed by injury, the result being that he's played in just 77 games split between three levels. With only 76 MLB at-bats on the season coming into Wednesday's game, it's no big surprise that he hadn't gone yard yet. He's still hitting just .175/.205/.225 while doing part-time work in center field.
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