Royals’ First-Round Pick Sean Manaea Returns To Mound

LHP Sean Manaea, the Royals’ much-prized second pick in the June draft, capped a rehab workout Tuesday afternoon by stepping on a mound for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in June.

It wasn’t much, roughly 20 pitches (all fastballs) from a practice mound adjacent to the Frank White Field on the Royals’ side of the Surprise Recreation Campus, but assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said that he thinks it is a big step for the left-handed in his road to recovery.

Manaea will then head home for an offseason of normal preparation for spring training, where he should have no restrictions.

The Royals plans intend for Manaea to open next season with a full-season club, which means probably Lo-A Lexington or Hi-A Wilmington.

Source: Bob Dutton Kansas City Star