Jun 11, 2024

Royals' Hunter Renfroe fractures big toe after twice fouling off pitches

Posted Jun 11, 2024 2:31 AM
Hunter Renfroe photo KC Royals
Hunter Renfroe photo KC Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals outfielder Hunter Renfroe fractured his left big toe when he twice fouled off pitches from New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodón in the third inning on Monday night.

Renfroe fouled off seven pitches before striking out in a 12-pitch at-bat. He fouled the fourth pitch, a curveball, off the toe and fell to one knee and grimaced. He walked around in foul territory by the backstop, then stepped back into the batter's box after about 45 seconds.

Two pitches later, Renfroe fouled another curveball off the foot and hopped away from the box. He felt the toe and got back in the box about 40 seconds later.

After striking out, Renfroe went to right field in the fourth inning but was removed at the start of the fifth.

Renfroe, 32, is hitting .200 with six homers and 26 RBIs. A veteran of nine major league seasons, he agreed with Kansas City in December on a $13 million, two-year contract.

Renfroe is a .237 career hitter with 183 homers and 480 RBIs for San Diego (2016-19), Toronto (2020), Boston (2021), Milwaukee (2022), the Los Angeles Angels (2023), Cincinnati (2023) and Kansas City.