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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Lorenzo Cain dealing with leg issue

By on 10/26/2014 03:45:00 PM

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain seemed to hurt himself beating out an infield hit in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday night (video here and below). It's not clear if he was injured during that play, because,  according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Cain has battled leg issues for 2-3 weeks. Cain says he's improving and will be ready for Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night.

Lorenzo Cain has had a spectacular postseason, hitting .327/.370/.408, scoring 12 runs and dazzling viewers with his defense.  Now finishing his age-28 season, Cain was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 (17th round), and made his debut July 16, 2010. Although his offense showed promise in his rookie year (.306/.348/.415 OPS+ 105), the Brewers included him with Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi in the blockbuster trade for Zack Greinke in December 2010.  The Kansas City Royals sent the Brewers Greinke, Yuniesky Betancourt, and cash.

Cain's next three years with the Royals were nothing special, but he put it together in 2014, hitting .301/.339/.412 (OPS+ 108). It's difficult to imagine he wasn't a Gold Glove finalist, but he wasn't. Cain is first-year arbitration eligible after the 2014 season and under team control through 2017.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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