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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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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: Continuing rehab assignment

    Royals manager Matt Quatraro said Monday that Massey (back) will travel with Triple-A Omaha this week as part of his rehab assignment, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Massey started the season on the 10-day IL after experiencing lower-back tightness late in spring training. Quatraro noted that he wants Massey to get in a few more games and at-bats to ensure the 26-year-old is 100 percent healthy before returning to the Royals. Massey has appeared in five games with Triple-A Omaha, slashing .409/.458/.636 with five doubles and six RBI over 24 plate appearances.
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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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  • Royals' Michael Massey: On bench Friday

    Massey is not in the lineup Friday against the Yankees. Massey went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in Thursday's series finale against the Tigers, but he'll take a seat Friday with the Yankees sending left-hander Carlos Rodon to the bump. Matt Duffy is starting at second base and batting seventh.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Hits two-run shot

    Massey went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss against the Tigers. Massey jumped on a hanging sinker from Sawyer Gipson-Long in the top of the third inning and sent it into the stands in right field, putting the Royals up 3-0. He later added a single but was left stranded, giving him his sixth multi-hit game this month. The second baseman is now up to 15 home runs on the season, with five of them coming in September.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Hits bench versus lefty

    Massey isn't in the Royals' lineup Friday against the Astros. With southpaw Framber Valdez set to start on the mound for Houston, the lefty-hitting Massey will retreat to the dugout. Nick Loftin will handle second base for Kansas City and bat sixth.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Not in Tuesday's lineup

    Massey is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Guardians. Massey's bat has come alive in September with an .892 OPS and four homers in 13 games, but he'll receive a day off after going 0-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run Monday. Nick Loftin will man the keystone and bat sixth against Cleveland lefty Logan Allen.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Sitting out first game

    Massey is not in the lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox. He'll likely be back out there for the second contest, but Massey will yield to Nick Loftin at second base for the afternoon tilt. Massey has just a .521 OPS over his last 14 games.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Hits bench versus lefty

    Massey isn't in the Royals' lineup Friday against Toronto. Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will start on the mound for the Jays, meaning Massey will be on the bench to begin the game. Nick Loftin will man second base.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Smacks 11th homer

    Massey went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional RBI in Tuesday's win over the White Sox. Massey was one of three Royals to tag Dylan Cease for long balls Tuesday, with Massey's coming via a solo shot in the fourth inning. The second baseman has now racked up four extra-base hits across his last four games, a stretch in which he's batting 6-for-15 (.400) with five runs scored and three RBI.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Sitting against lefty

    Massey isn't in the Royals' lineup Sunday against Boston. Lefty Chris Sale will draw the start Sunday for the Red Sox, forcing Massey into the dugout to begin the game. Nick Loftin will take over at second base and bat seventh.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Swipes bag Sunday

    Massey went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's loss to the Cubs. Massey kicked things off with an RBI-single in the first inning and wound up stealing second before the frame concluded. The 25-year-old has posted three multi-hit efforts over his last seven games and has racked up five RBI over that span. Though his numbers aren't spectacular for the season, Massey has quietly been productive over the last month of games. Since July 21, he's hitting .275/.306/.500 with six homers, 19 RBI, 28 runs and a 5:12 BB:K. Massey has hit third in the lineup every day since Aug. 7, including three starts against same-handed pitchers.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Goes deep in win

    Massey went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-5 win over the Phillies. Massey's long ball sparked a sixth-inning rally for the Royals. The second baseman is hitting .213 over 18 games since the All-Star break, but he's swatted five homers and three doubles among 13 hits in that span. For the season, he's at a .218/.276/.364 slash line with nine homers, five steals, 33 RBI and 23 runs scored through 83 contests. He hit third Friday, just the third time all year he's been in the top third of the order.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Sitting versus lefty

    Massey is out of the lineup for Monday's contest in Cleveland. The 25-year-old will begin this one on the bench as left-handed Logan Allen toes the rubber for the Guardians. Massey has actually fared better against lefties this season with a .673 OPS versus a .593 OPS against righties, but opportunities against southpaws have been few and far between.
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  • Royals' Michael Massey: Homers Sunday

    Massey went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Yankees. Massey now has three homers in his last three games after going 24 contests without a long ball. Even with his recent power surge, it's been a tough month at the plate for the 25-year-old Massey -- he's gone 9-for-46 with a .669 OPS in 14 games since the start of July. Overall, the 25-year-old second baseman is slashing .213/.267/.343 with seven homers, 29 RBI, 19 runs scored and three steals across 251 plate appearances this season.
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