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Royals Activate Lucas Duda

Posted On: Jun 23, 2018   |   Posted By: MLB Trade Rumors

The Royals have activated first baseman Lucas Duda from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Paulo Orlando to Triple-A, tweets Rustin Dodd of The Athletic .
Duda had been sidelined since May 14th due to plantar fasciitis. Although manager Ned Yost had initially given reporters a three-week stint as the high end for a DL stint, the recovery obviously took almost twice that long. The injury is often difficult to predict, of course; it's affected other notable baseball players for unexpected lengths of time, including Albert Pujols , Corey Dickerson , and, recently, Jay Bruce .
Regardless, today's return gives Duda ample time to establish his value as a potential trade chip for the rebuilding Royals prior to the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July. After an injury-plagued second half in 2017, the long-time Mets slugger was only able to secure a one-year, $3.5MM pact with Kansas City. Even prior to this season's injury, Duda hasn't shown the same type of power output he managed across the 2014-2015...

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