When Royals Manager Trey Hillman met with the media today, the focus was on next week and how the lineup would shake out with the return of second baseman Chris Getz.
Hillman is excited to see Getz back in a Royals uniform, saying that he was impressed by what Getz has shown defensively this year.
Hillman was also asked how he sees playing time for infielders Alberto Callaspo, Alex Gordon, and Getz working out. Hillman responded that the second and third base spots will be decided by player performance. Hillman believes that Callaspo has yet to hit his stride offensively and is expecting the switch hitter to break out soon. Gordon’s defense has also left an impression on Hillman. However the Royals manager would like to see better contact in Gordon’s at bats; stating that Gordon shouldn’t press and simply let his natural athleticism take over.
Finally Hillman spoke briefly on today’s starting pitcher Luke Hochevar. Hillman has been impressed by Hochevar’s starts this year but still sees room for improvement. Hillman would like to see Hochevar limit his walks this outing and do a better job attacking the strike zone.
(DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 2B), (Ankiel – CF), (Kendall – C), (Gordon – 3B), (Betancourt – SS), (Hochevar – P)
The talk today centered on the new additions to the Kansas City Royals; right-handed pitcher Brad Thompson and left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen. Royals’ manager Trey Hillman is excited to see the new arms in the bullpen and stated he is looking for the right combination to get the baseball to closer Joakim Soria in the ninth inning. Hillman knows that the Royals record this season would be significantly improved had they seen better outings from their relievers.
With these additions, also came some losses from the Royals’ bullpen. The Royals released relief pitcher Juan Cruz and designated relief pitcher Luis Mendoza for assignment. Hillman cited that Cruz didn’t have his full strength on several occasions this spring, possibly from a lingering sore shoulder that bothered him last season. However, Hillman believes these moves show the Royals are dedicated to winning now and will not settle for giving away any victories.
The Royals host the Twins at 7:10 tonight. The game will be on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network. Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 2B), (Ankiel – CF), (Kendall – C), (Gordon – 3B), (Betancourt – SS), (Meche – P)
The Kansas City Royals begin the second homestand of the season by welcoming the American League Central rival Minnesota Twins for a three-game weekend series starting Friday. The homestand concludes with a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners in their only visit of the season.
Friday, April 23 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.
• Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
Saturday, April 24 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.
• Zack Greinke bobblehead to the first 20,000 fans presented by Sprint.
• 610 Saturday – Enjoy great food, live music and activities for fans of all ages prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. 610 Sports will broadcast live during the pregame party, and DJ Kirby will perform on the main stage from 4:00-6:00 p.m. www.royals.com/610saturday.
Sunday, April 25 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• Indy Diecast Car to the first 2,500 kids 14 and under.
• Fun Run presented by Sprint. All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
• Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
Monday, April 26 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Hy-Vee Royal Nite – All Hy-Vee Level tickets are just $5.
Tuesday, April 27 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
• Buck Night – Enjoy the first Buck Night of the season with hot dogs, small Pepsi products, peanuts and Twinkies for just $1 each. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
• Navy Day – The Royals join Kansas City in celebrating Navy Week with a sailor-inspired pregame ceremony. Representatives from the Navy will present the colors and sing the National Anthem prior to the game. In addition, Rear Admiral Michael E. McLaughlin, commander of the Navy’s Submarine Group 2, will help celebrate a summer launch of the new U.S.S. Missouri submarine.
Wednesday, April 28 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
• INK College “Night” – www.royals.com/college.
• All You Can Eat Seats – www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.
• Business at the Ballpark – www.royals.com/kcbusinessjournal.
Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.
David added to the mark today with game number 167. He last committed an error on September 15, 2008, in the sixth inning of a game in K.C. after a single by Ichiro Suzuki. David has played at all three outfield positions during the streak. Teammate Mitch Maier is making a run of his own at A.O. Maier currently sits at 144 consecutive errorless games.
6:07 Central tonight on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network. Reminder…the Wednesday matinee will be on MLB Network (11:37 Central).
(DeJesus – RF), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 2B), (Ankiel – CF), (Kendall – C), (Maier – LF), (Betancourt – SS), (Davies – P)