Starling is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Starling will give way to Billy Hamilton in center field Saturday but still appears set to receive the bulk of the action at the position for the foreseeable future. Through his first seven games in the big leagues, Starling has gone 7-for-24 with a double, three walks, two RBI, a stolen base and six runs.
Starling is not starting Monday against the White Sox.
Starling started three straight games after getting promoted for the start of the second half. He's gone 2-for-10 with a walk so far. Billy Hamilton takes over in center field.
Starling will start in center field and bat seventh Sunday against the Tigers.
In the lineup for the third straight game since his callup from Triple-A Omaha, Starling looks like he'll get a fair shake as the Royals' everyday center fielder while Billy Hamilton serves in a depth role. Through his first two big-league contests, Starling has gone 1-for-6 with a walk, run and RBI.
Starling is starting in center field and batting seventh Friday against the Tigers.
Starling was officially called up from Triple-A Omaha earlier Friday and will immediately slot into the starting nine for his major-league debut. The 26-year-old has been at the Triple-A level since 2016, but he finally found some success this season with a .310/.358/.448 slash line in 72 games.
Starling's contract will be selected for the first time by the Royals prior to Friday's game against the Tigers.
The fifth-overall pick back in 2011, Starling has failed to live up to expectations thus far in his professional career. He's spent the bulk of the last four seasons with Triple-A Omaha, recording an unimpressive .255/.305/.376 slash line. Still, the rebuilding Royals have little reason not to see what he can offer. A corresponding move will be announced Friday.
Starling (hand) has started in both of Triple-A Omaha's last two games, going 4-for-8 at the plate between the contests.
Starling looked at risk of landing on Omaha's 7-day injured list after being struck on the hand by a pitch April 30, but he was fortunate to avoid any structural damage. After sitting out for three days while managing soreness, Starling rejoined the lineup over the weekend and didn't appear to be hindered by the hand issue. The outfielder is slashing .351/.393/.455 through 23 games in the Pacific Coast League.
X-rays on Starling's hand came back negative, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Starling has escaped with a bruise after exiting Tuesday's Triple-A game after getting hit in the hand on a bunt attempt. The 26-year-old, who is hitting .333/.382/.449 with two homers and five stolen bases through 21 games with Omaha, should be considered day-to-day for now.
Starling exited Tuesday's game at Triple-A Omaha after being hit on the hand while attempting a bunt, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
Starling has been off to a fantastic start this season by slashing .333/.382/.449 with two home runs and five stolen bases in 20 games. The specifics and severity of the injury remain unclear.
Starling is on a tear to start spring training, hitting 7-for-12 with two homers.
A tiny sample of 12 at-bats doesn't do a whole lot to change the perception of a player, but a continued hot streak could give Starling at least an outside chance to break camp with the Royals. The fifth overall pick back in 2011, Starling was formerly an interesting prospect but has stalled out in recent years. He's now a 26-year-old with no major-league experience coming off a year in which injuries limited him to just 20 games. The Royals don't have many players with ironclad holds on roster spots, though, so Starling is worth keeping an eye on for owners in leagues deep enough where every player on a roster deserves consideration.
Starling signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Monday.
The fifth-overall pick by the Royals back in 2011, Starling has stalled out at Triple-A in recent years, hitting just .225/.276/.336 at that level over the last three seasons. He'll be organizational depth in Kansas City and could finally make his big-league debut this season should injuries strike the Royals' outfield, but he's given very little reason to believe he can be a fantasy asset.
The Royals declined to tender Starling a contract for the 2019 season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Starling only played in 11 games for Triple-A Omaha this past season while dealing with oblique and finger injuries that caused him to make two separate stays on the minor-league disabled list. According to Flanagan, Starling is expected to re-sign with Kansas City on a minor-league deal in the coming days.
Starling (oblique) suffered a dislocated left index finger and will remain on the disabled list for six more weeks.
This injury wasn't baseball related as it occurred while Starling was away from the club during a home visit. Prior to this setback, Starling was nearing activation from the 7-day DL after spending the past two months on the shelf with an oblique strain. This new timetable puts his eventual return around the end of August.
Starling (oblique) was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Starling is expected to be sidelined for a significant amount of time after suffering an oblique strain last week. He's dealt with oblique issues in the past, so expect the team to proceed cautiously with him. Prior to injuring himself, Starling was hitting .257/.350/.314 across 11 games with the Storm Chasers.
Triple-A Omaha manager Brian Poldberg said Starling (oblique) is expected to miss "significant time," Storm Chasers' broadcaster Donny Baarns reports.
Starling exited Thursday's game for what was reportedly precautionary reasons, but he's now looking at an extended absence with an oblique strain. The 25-year-old started the season on the disabled list with an oblique injury and currently has no specific timetable for his return.
Starling (oblique) was removed from Thursday's game at Triple-A Omaha for precautionary reasons, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Per Flanagan, Starling felt something in his oblique, which is an issue that landed him on the disabled list to begin the season. It'll be worth monitoring whether Starling will be able to return to the lineup over the weekend. He's slashing .265/.359/.324 to start the year at Omaha.
Starling (oblique) will begin playing in extended spring training games early next week, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
He will need about 30 at-bats before being sent out, presumably to Triple-A Omaha. Starling does not project as a big-league-caliber hitter, but he is a solid defender in the outfield, and the Royals wouldn't have much to lose by giving him a shot later this season. He has played in 127 games at Triple-A and turns 26 in August. At the very least, he should be up in September as he is on the 40-man roster.
Starling (oblique) was placed on the 10-day DL prior to Thursday's Opening Day game against the White Sox, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Starling will likely remain sidelined for a few more weeks while he continues to work back from an oblique injury. It's expected that the outfielder will take batting practice by next week, which will help provide a better indication of his return date.
Starling (oblique) said he expects to resume taking batting practice in the next week to 10 days, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Starling has been idle for nearly three weeks with the oblique strain, which essentially ended his long-shot bid for an Opening Day roster spot. Once Starling resumes hitting, he'll add fielding and throwing drills to his regimen before the Royals sign off on him playing in simulated or rehab games. The Royals plan to assign Starling to Triple-A Omaha once he's back to full strength.
Starling (oblique) won't be able to participate in any baseball activities for about a month, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Starling is expected to stick around for extended spring training as he continues to battle an oblique injury. He's appeared in seven spring training games, going 3-for-11 with one home run and one RBI. Look for Starling to play at Triple-A Omaha when he's returned to health, with an opportunity to be called up to the big leagues if he performs well.
Starling (oblique) will probably start the season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
Starling missed the end of the 2017 season with an oblique injury. He has appeared in some games this spring but the issue appears to have popped up again, so he's been backed off from baseball activity for a little while. He's expected to open the season with Triple-A Omaha but could be up in the majors before long if he performs well after recovering from his injury.
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