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Kansas City has achieved a commendable amount of success in developing internal position-player talent, even during this recent run of poor overall on-field results. It looked like Michael Massey might join that lineage when he put up an .882 OPS with Low-A Quad Cities in 2021 and a .312/.371/.532 slash line between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in 2022. The early MLB returns, though, are not so promising. Massey ranked 166th in on-base percentage (.274) out of the 168 big-league hitters who made more than 450 plate appearances in 2023. He connected for 15 home runs and stole six bases but finished in just the 36th percentile in average exit velocity and 49th percentile in sprint speed. It would come as a surprise -- a welcome surprise given his cheap draft-day cost -- if Massey were to pull off a fantasy breakout this year at age 26.

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2024 893.1 17 6 23 3 .294
2023 248.51.9 42 15 55 24 6 .229
2022 981.9 16 4 17 9 3 .243
3y Avg. 1741.9 29 10 36 16 4 .233
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Ready for rehab assignment

    Massey (back) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Omaha. On the shelf with a low back ligament sprain, Massey received an injection May 31 and appears to have responded favorably. He was cleared to resume baseball activities early last week and has checked out fine after steadily increasing the intensity of his hitting and running over the last several days. The Royals haven't determined how long Massey's rehab assignment will last, but he may only need two or three games with Omaha to get his timing back at the plate before potentially making his return from the 10-day injured list as soon as this weekend.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Resumes baseball activities

    Massey (back) took swings and played catch Monday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Massey received multiple injections after being examined by a back specialist in late May and is finally ready to ramp things back up. There's no guarantee his recurring back issues won't flare up again, but for now Massey looks to be trending in the right direction.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Visits specialist

    Massey (back) visited a specialist Friday and received multiple injections, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Manager Matt Quatraro said the Royals will wait to see how Massey's back responds to the treatment before determining when he will head to the minors for a rehab assignment. For now, the 26-year-old infielder remains without a clear return timetable, and he isn't eligible for activation until Tuesday.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Shelved with back sprain

    The Royals placed Massey on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a low back ligament sprain. The transaction is retroactive to Saturday, so he'll be eligible to rejoin the 26-man active roster beginning June 4. Kansas City called up infielder Nick Loftin from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move, but Adam Frazier will pick up his second straight start at the keystone Sunday and should serve as the Royals' primary second baseman while Massey is on the mend from the injury.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Not starting Saturday

    Massey (back) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays. Massey exited in the sixth inning of Friday's 8-1 over win over Tampa Bay due to lower-back tightness. Before the injury, he went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning. While the Royals evaluate Massey's back injury, Adam Frazier will start at second base Saturday and bat sixth against Rays right-hander Aaron Civale.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Idle against lefty

    Massey is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers. With ace southpaw Tarik Skubal on the hill for the Tigers, the Royals will stock up on extra right-handed bats in the series finale. The lefty-hitting Massey will thus cede his spot at the keystone to the right-handed-hitting Garrett Hampson.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Homers among three hits

    Massey went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over Oakland. Massey cracked his fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning, hitting it 368 feet to right field. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a hot start to May, batting .288 (15-for-52) with three homers, five runs scored and 11 RBI this month. Overall, Massey is slashing .259/.261/.447 over 90 plate appearances while being locked into the starting second base job for Kansas City.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Pops homer in win

    Massey went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-2 win over the Brewers. Massey got the Royals on the board in the seventh inning. The second baseman continues to hit well after a brief stretch to get up to speed following his April 19 season debut. Massey has hit safely in nine straight games and has an extra-base hit in five of the last six contests. He's slashing .294/.308/.529 with three homers, 10 RBI, nine runs scored, three doubles and no stolen bases through 53 plate appearances.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Swats first homer of season

    Massey went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays. Massey has hit safely in four straight games, going 4-for-14 with three RBI and three runs scored. The 26-year-old is seeing a majority of the playing time at second base since he returned from a back injury that shelved him for a month. Massey is batting .212 with one homer, five RBI, five runs scored and no stolen bases through 10 contests. Barring a deep slump, Massey should continue to play more frequently than Adam Frazier at second base, though Frazier has also gotten looks in the corner outfield spots and at designated hitter.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Sits against lefty

    Massey is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers. With a tough lefty (Tarik Skubal) on the hill for Detroit, the lefty-hitting Massey will hit the bench in the series finale. Garrett Hampson steps in for Massey at second base.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Not in Wednesday's lineup

    Massey is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. The 26-year-old had started four of the first five games after being activated from the injured list, but he'll head to the bench Wednesday while Adam Frazier handles second base. Massey is 3-for-14 with two RBI since returning from a back injury.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Activated, starting Friday

    Massey (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and is starting at second base Friday versus the Orioles, The 26-year-old opened the season on the injured list due to a back strain but is back with the Royals after he posted a 1.123 OPS over an eight-game rehab assignment. Massey could split playing time at the keystone with veteran Adam Frazier, but both hit left-handed so a traditional platoon isn't an option. Manager Matt Quatraro is more likely to ride the hot hand between them.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Expected back Friday

    Massey (back) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Anne Rogers reports. Nick Loftin was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday and Massey is expected to be activated in a corresponding move ahead of the Royals' weekend series against the Orioles. Massey has been out all season with a lower-back injury but slashed .382/.417/.706 with two home runs in eight rehab games between Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The 26-year-old should share playing time at second base with Adam Frazier once activated.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Beginning assignment Friday

    Massey (back) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday. Massey has been sidelined since mid-March due to a lower-back strain, but his back has held up well during simulated games at the Royals' spring training complex, and he's now been cleared to resume action in a competitive setting. It's unclear how many games the Royals want the 26-year-old infielder to play in the minors, but a return to Kansas City doesn't seem far away.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Close to rehab assignment

    Royals manager Matt Quatraro said Monday that Massey (back) is on track to go on a rehab assignment this week, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Massey was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday after experiencing lower-back tightness at the tail end of spring training. The 26-year-old infielder has since resumed playing in sim games at extended spring training in Arizona, and he appears to be progressing well enough to test himself in an uncontrolled setting this week.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Heads to IL

    The Royals placed Massey on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a low-back strain. Massey experienced lower-back tightness a little over a week ago and hadn't played in any Cactus League games since March 16, so his move to the IL to begin the season was fully expected. Per MLB.com, Massey has been limited to playing light catch since the injury cropped up, but the Royals still aren't anticipating his stay on the IL to be a lengthy one. He'll remain behind at the Royals' spring facility in Arizona to continue ramping back up and will first be eligible for activation April 4, though it may be a stretch for him to make it back by that date.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: IL stint expected

    Manager Matt Quatraro said Saturday that he expects Massey (back) to begin the season on the injured list, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Lower-back problems have kept Massey out of action since Tuesday, and it appears Massey's absence will extend into the regular season after initially being seen as a day-to-day issue. An IL stint for Massey likely means more playing time at second base for Adam Frazier to begin the year, though Nick Loftin may fill in against left-handed starters.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Remains day-to-day

    Royals manager Matt Quatraro said Wednesday that Massey (back) had scans come back fine and is considered day-to-day, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The 25-year-old was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to back tightness, and it appears the scans confirm that initial diagnosis. Massey is receiving treatment and doing some conditioning Wednesday, and it seems like he could be back on the field within the next few days.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Scratched with back tightness

    Massey was scratched from the Royals' spring lineup Tuesday against the Giants due to lower-back tightness, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Massey's removal seems to have been precautionary, though a better idea of the severity of Massey's injury should come once the team's trainers finish evaluating him. The 25-year-old has had a decent spring thus far, recording seven hits in 30 at-bats while hitting two homers and driving in five runs.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Faring well early in spring

    Massey has gone 3-for-10 over four Cactus League games. After hitting .229 with a middling .655 OPS across 129 contests in 2023, this is a good start to the spring for Massey. The Royals had an active offseason, and the signing of Adam Frazier -- who is 0-for-6 over three spring games -- could have a negative impact on Massey's playing time, though Frazier can also be an option in the corner outfield. Utility man Nick Loftin could also poach some at-bats at the keystone, especially against left-handed pitchers, so Massey will need to continue his solid spring to avoid losing his spot.
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