September 2009

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: Tejeda, Cruz

Round 2!

Royals pitcher Robinson Tejeda is looking to keep the momentum going tonight against the Detroit Tigers after his very impressive outing vs. Los Angeles last Friday night (5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO).  This will be his second start of the season, so Manager Trey Hillman says this start should be a little different.  “I don’t anticipate a different outcome with his performance, it’s how his body responds to the pressure of starting two games in six days that should be interesting.  We are going to monitor him like any other pitcher on this team, but will be watching closely to see how he recovers more so than with other starters.  Again, we are not putting a pitch count on Robinson, but we will be watching to see how he is feeling as he gets closer to 80-85 pitches, if that so happens.  This is the first time in quite a while he will be making consecutive starts, so it is important to see how his body rebounds and that he conveys to us how he is feeling at that time.

Juan Cruz

Royals reliever Juan Cruz has been on the Disabled List since August 6 with a right shoulder strain, but he might be back sooner then later according to Hillman.  “He has had a couple of bullpen sessions that consisted of a heavy diet of nothing but fastballs.  Juan has been throwing long toss without discomfort or pain in that shoulder which is encouraging.  We are trying to increase the strength in that right shoulder so we can get him in the bullpen on back-to-back days, which is critical.  I don’t know when he will be available, but once we see that shoulder can withstand continued pressure for consistent days in a row, then we’ll know he is ready, but until then, he’s just rehabbing at a pace our team is comfortable with.”

Wednesday lineup: Gordon returns

Tonight’s game is scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch.  Come on out to “The K” for College Night.  Show a valid high school or college ID for your $7 seats in the Outfield Box and Field Plaza sections!

(DeJesus – LF)

(Maier – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Buck – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Tejeda – P)

Teahen receives Clemente Award (Photo)

TeahenClemente.jpgMark Teahen received his award tonight as the Royals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award Presented by Chevy.  Teahen is the local spokesperson for Challenger, a program which removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off of the baseball field.  He was joined on the field tonight by (l to r) Karl Kramer, District Sales Manager for Chevy; Michelle Ford, Senior Vice President of Adaptive Programming for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City; and Scott and Lisa Hallier, YMCA Challenger Advisory Council members and co-chairs of the “Mark Teahen – Challenge Your Fashion” event.   Congratulations to Mark and Challenger Baseball!

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: September 8

Not packing it in, no way!


Royals Manager Trey Hillman was asked about a few rumblings that his team was making a less then thrilling effort coming down the stretch.  “Absolutely not, there is not one individual in that locker room giving up on the season.  For one, I would not let that happen, and two that is not the kind of makeup of people we have on this team.  We need to finish hard, no one is quitting including myself, and we will continue to fight until the last game is played.  We play hard everyday, for ourselves, our families, and for the fans.  That is the kind of baseball we play here in Kansas City, we play hard,” Hillman said.


Lenny D. and Alex G.


The Royals called up LHP Lenny DiNardo and 3B Alex Gordon from the Triple-A affiliate Omaha Royals.  “DiNardo is going to start the last game of the series against Detroit (Thursday 9/10) and we are going to push Zack (Greinke) back a game and have him start the beginning of the Cleveland series.  The reports are good on DiNardo, he has an excellent change-up and has developed what is said to be a pretty above average breaking ball.  When he was in spring training he was not carrying a good breaking ball around with him, so we are excited to see what he can do.  With regards to Alex, again reports are good, it has been said that he was solid both offensively and defensively while playing in Omaha.  We wanted him to work on shortening his swing as well as getting better with his stride direction.  It is going to take longer and it’s quite more difficult working with stride direction because it is tied into muscle memory and stuff of that nature.  Shortening his swing will come with time.  We are going to rest Alex tonight and see how he feels tomorrow after a long couple of days playing and traveling,” Hillman exclaimed.

Congratulations to Northwest Arkansas, Wilmington and Burlington!

The Royals will have a trio of affiliates participating in playoff action starting tomorrow night.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals won the Texas League North Division in the second half and will begin a best-of-five series tomorrow against the Cardinals’ AA affiliate in Springfield.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks went 46-24 to win the Carolina League’s Northern Division in the second half.  They will start a best-of-five series against Lynchburg tomorrow.

Burlington (Ia.) is a wild-card entry in the Midwest League.  The Bees will start their title defense at home against Kane County on Wednesday.

Best of luck to our affiliates (and future Royals) as they begin post-season play!  You can track their post-season games at their websites:



Tuesday lineup: Tigers in town

Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with the game on FOX Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.  Here’s your lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Maier – RF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – 3B)

(Pena – C)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(Chen – P)

Dayton Moore chat today at 3 p.m. CT

Moore_Gammons.JPGGeneral Manager Dayton Moore will take part in a Royals Relay Chat today (Tuesday) at 3:00 p.m. Central.  If you’re not already registered at, be sure to stop by to register for the chat session!

Photo from the first Royals 5K Run/Walk

start_0034.JPGThank you to the over 900 participants who came out early on Saturday morning to raise funds and awareness for the Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City!  Participants navigated a 5K course through the Truman Sports Complex, finishing on the Kauffman Stadium field near home plate.  For more information on the Autism Alliance, visit their website:

Sunday lineup

Today’s game is at 1:10.  Reminder – it is on FOX Sports Kansas City – the broadcast was added in June to make up for a Royals-Cardinals game, which was picked up by the FOX Network.  The Royals selected the contract of Luis Hernandez before today’s game.  He is the lineup, playing second base.

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Pena – C)

(Teahen – 3B)

(Olivo – DH)

(Maier – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Hernandez – 2B)

(Hochevar – P)

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: September 5

Injuries Mounting

A list of injured Royals came out this afternoon during manager Trey Hillman’s dugout interview.  Royals starters Brian Bannister and Gil Meche are out due to sore right shoulders and each will miss at the very least their next scheduled starts, beyond that is yet to be determined at this point.  Taking their rotation spots will be LHP Bruce Chen and last night’s starter, Robinson Tejeda.  Outfielder Jose Guillen has been shut down for the rest of the season to allow him the optimum amount of time needed to recuperate and get healthy for spring training next season.  Reliever John Bale is out indefinitely and quite possibly for the rest of the season with a strained hamstring which he aggravated in last night’s game against the Angels.  Second basemen Alberto Callaspo injured his ankle in last night’s affair and is out of the line-up for tonight’s game.  Lastly, reliever Kyle Farnsworth tweaked his back, also in last night’s game, but is probable for the game tonight. 

Three New Royals

Well, with so many injured Royals pitchers, who is going to take their place?  Let me introduce you to new Royals pitchers, #31 LHP Dusty Hughes, #47 RHP Victor Marte, and #53 RHP Carlos Rosa, all of whom will be contributing in relief.  “They have good stuff, we are in need of pitching but that doesn’t diminish what they have done, they got here on their own merit.  We are going to work with them on their command, location, and being more efficient with not getting behind in the count as much.  This is an evaluation process for each one of them, we are excited to see what they can do at this level,” says Hillman.  For Hughes and Marte, this is their first time in the bigs.  Rosa was up for a brief stay last year.


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