Injuries are one of the toughest parts of the game of Major League Baseball. There is no good time for a team to lose a star player. That is especially true for a team that is a borderline playoff team. The Kansas City Royals have been on the bubble of good enough to win all season long and they find themselves in one of those irritating injury situations right now with Lorenzo Cain. Cain is a star for this team and when right can nearly carry them to at least a few wins at a time if their pitching is straight. Sadly even though he is back, he isn’t really back when they need him the most.
The Royals were already basically out of this thing until the Tampa Bay Rays fell apart last week but now they are only 4.5 out. That is still a large bridge to cross when you consider the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees are all between them and the Rays. In short, even though the Royals are back in the hunt, they need all hands on deck to get there.
Cain just returned from a stint on the disabled list but manager Ned Yost isn’t willing to play him as of yet. This is understandable to a point because it was an oblique injury which can easily become a bad problem for any hitter. For now Yost is simply pinch running with Cain and using him as a defensive replacement. This might be the perfect choice of what to do if they weren’t fighting for their playoff lives.
The Royals chance is not a good one as it is but they need Cain to be in the box with a bat in his hand if they hope to have a chance. Whatever it takes to convince everyone that he is good enough to stand in there, it needs to happen now. He still will need a few games to get back into his swing anyway. It might already be too late but it will surely be if they wait another week. No one wants Cain to be injured again but I would assume no Royals fans want their team to fall completely out of the race again with their best outfielder riding the pine. Put him in there Yost; it’s the only chance you have.