Alex Rios fractures hand, no timetable for return

According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Alex Rios of the Royals suffered a fracture in his left hand. There isn’t a timetable for his return. He was hit by a pitch in yesterday’s game. You can watch that here.

Rios, 34, signed with Kansas City after spending parts of two seasons with Texas and is slashing .321/.345/.464 in 29 plate appearances with a homer. He is replacing Nori Aoki, who left for San Francisco this past offseason.

In 2014, Rios slashed .280/.311/.398 with 4 home runs, 92 wRC+, and 0.1 fWAR in 521 plate appearances. His slugging percentage has declined the past three seasons going from .516 in 2012,.432 in 2013, and .398 in 2014. Steamer projects Rios to slash .269/.306/.400 with 10 home runs, 95 wRC+, and 0.8 fWAR.

Rios is making $11,000,000 million this year for the Royals with a mutual option for 2016 worth $12,500,000.

The Royals are 7-0 and are looking to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

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