April 30th, 2009
The Royals just ended April in first place with a 12-10 record. Mark Teahen is your Royals Player of the Month for April. Teahen batted .300 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI on the month. He started at three defensive positions: second base, third base, and right field.
Your Royals Pitcher of the Month is Zack Greinke, by a unanimous selection. Greinke’s numbers were mind-boggling…5-0 (he is the first Royal to win 5 games in April), 0.50 ERA (best in the majors), 44 strikeouts (an April Royals record and best in the majors)…the list goes on and on.
Congratulations to Mark and Zack on their awards!
John Buck had a big day for the Royals as he tied a club record with two triples! It was just the second time that a Royals catcher had tripled twice in a game, and the first since Darrell Porter in 1978! The Royals also turned six double plays, tying a franchise mark!
Kansas City now moves on to play Minnesota at the Metrodome. It’s a quick road trip as the Royals are back in KC on Monday to face the White Sox. Get your tickets today!
Doug Waechter Status
According to Manager Trey Hillman, Pitcher Doug Waechter is not on schedule to return in the near future. He is going to need work first, more sessions in the pen, and more then likely some minor league rehab with live hitters. They are just waiting on his elbow to feel better.
He’s working on it
Manager Hillman was asked about Kyle Farnsworth and how he looks out there on the mound. Hillman said, “He looks ok”. He went on to say the coaches have really been working with Farnsworth on his stride direction hoping to tighten up his delivery. That in-turn will help him locate much more frequently.
Who can we thank for this
Hillman was asked who we can thank for Mike Jacobs’ recent patience at the plate. He said, “Seitzer of Course,” referring to Royals’ batting coach Kevin Seitzer. He has made many of our hitters more balanced and patient at the plate over the course of spring training and the early part of the season. He does not panic, ever, and he has done a great job here for us, say’s Manager Trey Hillman.
Joakim Soria not going to the DL as of now, but there is no target date for his return. Being unable to throw long toss because of the weather has made it somewhat difficult for Soria to get into a rhythm with regards to rehab.
Today is a Thursday matinee at Kauffman (1:10 start). Come on out for some afternoon baseball! Here’s your Kansas City lineup:
Crisp – CF
Bloomquist – LF
Teahen – 3B
Guillen – RF
Butler – 1B
Jacobs – DH
Callaspo – 2B
Buck – C
Aviles – SS
Davies – P