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Why the KC Royals are lucky to have Hanser Alberto

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The KC Royals decided to keep Hanser Alberto. The move is paying off.

The disappointing news that Adalberto Mondesi was starting the season on the Injured List created a quandary for the KC Royals. They could have promoted Bobby Witt Jr. to fill in at shortstop, an option attractive to fans but not to a front office reluctant to move its top prospect along too quickly. They could have replaced Mondesi with Whit Merrifield, or called up Kelvin Gutierrez, but neither had ever played a big league game at short.