Soler agreed to a one-year, $8.05 million deal with the Royals on Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
He will return as the Royals' primary designated hitter for the 2021 season. Soler, who turns 29 in February, hit .228/.326/.443 with eight home runs in 43 games last season -- a significant drop off from the .265/.354/.569 line and 48 home runs he logged in 2019. Even if he doesn't bounce all the way back to the statistics he put up in his career year, he should have a secure spot in the heart of the lineup this upcoming season.
Soler was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right oblique Friday.
The injury will bring a premature end to Soler's campaign. He missed time with the injury earlier in September but returned from the injured list Monday, appearing in the next four games. He was evidently still somewhat hurt, however, so he'll be shut down a few days early with the Royals out of the playoff picture.
Soler isn't starting Thursday against the Tigers.
Soler went 1-for-11 with one RBI and four strikeouts in three games since returning from an oblique injury, and he'll get a breather Thursday. Ryan O'Hearn will serve as the designated hitter.
Soler (oblique) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Monday.
Soler will wind up missing around two weeks with a strained right oblique. He was hitting a respectable .235/.331/.456 prior to the injury, though that's not in the same ballpark as the .265/.354/.569 line he managed in his breakout 2019 campaign. Kelvin Gutierrez was optioned in a corresponding move.
Soler (oblique) won't return during the Royals' weekend series against the Brewers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Soler remains without a timetable to return as manager Mike Matheny said that he's still feeling his oblique injury a bit. He made progress late in the week as he looked good after taking live at-bats Thursday, but he needs some more time prior to returning to game action.
Soler (oblique) looked good after taking live at-bats Thursday and will hit again Friday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Soler has already served the required 10 days on the injured list with a right oblique strain. While he's not quite ready to return, it does appear that he's still on track to play at least a few games in the final week of the season.
Soler (oblique) could potentially return for the Royals' weekend series in Milwaukee but isn't expected to return before the team's final homestand, which begins Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Soler will be eligible to return from his strained oblique Wednesday, but it does not sound like his return is imminent, as he hasn't traveled with the team. While he could link up with his teammates in Milwaukee, Soler is more likely to stay home and return to the roster for the final week of the season.
Soler was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right oblique strain.
While Soler will be eligible to return Sept. 16 at Detroit, the nature of the injury could prevent him from returning before the end of the regular season. The Royals will likely mix and match at designated hitter going forward.
Soler (oblique) will sit for the second straight game Monday against the Twins, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Soler left Saturday's game against the White Sox after battling back and oblique issues earlier in the week. The Royals reportedly aren't considering an injured list stint for Soler at the moment after he showed improvement Sunday, suggesting that he should be back in action soon. Ryan O'Hearn will serve as the designated hitter Monday.
Soler was removed from Saturday's game against the White Sox after his first at-bat, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
It's not yet clear why Soler was taken out of Saturday's contest, but it could have been because of the sore back and oblique that cost him a game and part of another earlier this week. Soler was replaced in the game by Ryan McBroom.
Soler (back/oblique) went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in Friday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox.
Soler missed one game with his injury, but wasn't able to make much of an impact in his return. He's now in the midst of a 7-for-35 (.200) slump over his last 10 games. The 28-year-old is slashing .237/.333/.459 with eight homers, 22 RBI and 16 runs scored in 38 games overall.
Soler (back/oblique) is batting third as the designated hitter Friday against the White Sox, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old exited Wednesday's contest with oblique irritation and mid-back tightness and sat out Thursday's game, but he'll return after a one-game absence. Soler has been scuffling over his past eight games, going 5-for-26 with a .690 OPS and 11 strikeouts.
Soler (oblique/back) isn't in Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.
Soler left Wednesday's contest during the seventh inning with oblique irritation and mid-back tightness, and he'll be on the bench for Thursday's contest. He's considered day-to-day, but it's unclear when he could return to the lineup. Ryan O'Hearn will start as the designated hitter with Hunter Dozier taking over at first base.
Soler left Wednesday's game at Kansas City with oblique irritation and mid-back tightness, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being lifted for a pinch hitter during the seventh inning. Soler is considered day-to-day, though the specifics of the injuries remain unclear.
Soler went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer in Friday's 6-5 loss to the White Sox.
The blast was his third in the last seven games. Soler is proving last season's power display was no fluke, and through 32 games in 2020 he's slashing .254/.348/.509 with eight homers and 21 RBI.
Soler went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Monday's 9-3 loss to the Cardinals.
Soler cut the Cardinals' lead to 6-3 with his three-run shot off Alex Reyes in the sixth. It was the 28-year-old's seventh long ball of the season. He has 19 RBI while slashing .260/.345/.510 across 104 at-bats this season.
Soler went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Friday's 7-2 win over the Twins.
He set the tone for the evening with a blast off Jake Odorizzi (abdomen) before the right-hander had even recorded an out in the first inning. Soler hadn't gone yard since Aug. 8, but on the year he's slashing .255/.336/.489 with six homers and 14 RBI through 26 games.
Soler went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in Saturday's 9-6 win over the Twins.
One of last year's breakout stars, Soler now has three homers in his last three games, bringing his total to five and his OPS to just under .900 for the season. Soler in anchored in the two hole for Kansas City and is seeing most of his time at DH, with only five starts in right field so far.
Soler went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Cubs.
Soler was a key part of an offensive onslaught that produced 13 runs and 18 hits in the contest. He drove in a run on a groundout in a six-run third inning, then poured salt in the wound with a solo home run in the seventh. On the season, the 28-year-old is slashing .275/.367/.490 with three homers and six RBI.
Soler went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in Monday's 14-6 win over Detroit.
Soler extended the Royals' lead to seven runs with his fifth-inning long ball, his second homer of the season. Unfortunately, his two home runs are his only two hits in 13 at-bats so far.
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|09/02||vs CLE||L 0-5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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