The Royals entered Saturday some four games back in the race for the second American League wild card, having lost two in a row and six of their last 10. The reality is the Royals are further away from the postseason than that margin suggests, since there are five teams ahead of them — meaning all kinds of things would have to go right for Kansas City to claim the spot as their own.
Unfortunately for the defending champions, the path to the playoffs got a little tougher on Saturday, as outfielder Lorenzo Cain is likely done for the season due to a sprained hand:
Just talked w/Lorenzo Cain. Considering shutting it down for the year. Says that’s highly likely. Was basically swinging w/1 arm last night
— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) September 10, 2016
If Cain is done for 2016 — and he’d played in just one September game, that coming on Friday — he exits with a .287/.339/.408 slash line — numbers that, while good for a high-quality defender, fall short of his 2014 and 2015 marks.
Source: CBS Sports / Lorenzo Cain is reportedly not expected to play again this season