General manager Dayton Moore said Starling (oblique) will start the 2018 season with Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Starling was on the cusp of making his MLB debut in 2017 before an oblique injury cut his season short. He finished the year with a .248/.303/.381 line in 80 games for Omaha. While he's expected to start in the minors, Moore noted the team wouldn't hesitate to promote him if he gets off to a solid start.
Starling (oblique) was shifted to the 60-day disabled list Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
This is simply procedural, as Starling has already been ruled out for the season and the Royals simply needed a roster spot for Onelki Garcia, whose contract was purchased Saturday. Starling will keep his focus on getting healthy and gearing up for the 2018 season.
Starling was placed on the 7-day disabled list Monday with an injured right oblique, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.
Starling recently returned from being sidelined with an oblique injury from July 9 to August 11. The minor-league outfielder re-injured the oblique while making a throw in a game with Triple-A Omaha last week. The injury is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season and he'll be forced to turn his focus towards entering the 2018 campaign at full strength.
Starling (oblique) was activated from the minor-league disabled list Thursday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Starling is back in action with Omaha after missing nearly a month with a strained oblique. The 25-year-old, who was slashing .252/.300/.378 through 73 games at Triple-A this season, was nearing a big-league promotion being landing on the shelf, so he'll look to get back on track now that he is healthy again.
Starling is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after suffering a strained oblique, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
This is quite a bummer for the outfielder who was nearing a big-league debut. If a promotion is still on the table, Starling's projected recovery will likely limit him to late-season work as a September call-up. Unfortunately for the sixth-year minor leaguer, making a major-league impact may have to wait until next year.
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