July 3rd, 2009
Willie Bloomquist has been scratched from the lineup due to a family emergency. The new lineup is the following with Luis Hernandez moving to third and Tony Pena, Jr. starting at shortstop:
Hernandez (moves to 3B)
Pena, Jr. (SS)
Alex is back, just not here (yet)
Third baseman Alex Gordon is back, he’s just not in Kansas City…yet. Gordon has been out since April 15 after surgery for torn cartilage in his hip, but continues his long awaited comeback tonight for the Triple-A affiliate, Omaha Royals. “There is no pain to report of in his hip at the present moment, the swinging of a bat is not a problem, however, running and moving laterally is still a tedious and difficult process we are working through,” says Manager Trey Hillman. “Running on the base paths seems to be the biggest hurdle we have to overcome with Alex, that and regaining the ability to maneuver comfortably.” We certainly hope for an exciting and special homecoming tonight for Alex in his home state of Nebraska.
Baseball is FUN-damental
There seemed to be an emphasis put on the fundamentals of baseball today during afternoon practice. With numerous blunders in the field and on the bases in recent weeks, Hillman made it especially clear that the fundamental mistakes that are continuing to hamstring this club are unacceptable and discouraging at the same time. “On a scale of 1-10, I would say the mistakes that are being made are a 10 on the difficult to handle scale. This game isn’t without challenges, I know not every team can play fundamentally sound baseball like the Minnesota Twins, but you still have to work extremely hard at the basics of game, as you can see, it can cost you games.” said Hillman.
Out of the three “All-Star” finalists representing the Royals, John Lair, who hails from Pittsburg, Kan., has been chosen by fans across the nation for his community service through Special Olympics. Lair will be honored during the pre-game ceremony at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14 on FOX.
Lair, program director for New Hope Services and a long-time Special Olympics coach, started a Special Olympics team in his hometown in 2001 that has grown to be the best in the state. He volunteers over 600 hours a year with Special Olympics and has coached three World Champion Special Olympians. A past recipient of the Kansas Volunteer of the Year award, Lair was selected by the Royals as a Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree in 2007.
One winning “All-Star Among Us” will be featured in People the week of the All-Star Game. For the last 35 years, People has told stories of everyday ‘heroes’ whose acts of courage, commitment, strength and compassion are changing the lives of others. The “People All-Stars Among Us” campaign extends the People “Heroes Among Us” franchise. For more information on the program, visit www.peopleallstars.com.
DeJesus – LF
Bloomquist – 3B
Butler – 1B
Guillen – RF
Olivo – C
Jacobs – DH
Callaspo – 2B
Hernandez – SS
Maier – CF
Greinke – P