The Royals have placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day Disabled List with a right thumb sprain and recalled outfielder Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha. Gordon is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game in New York against the Yankees.
Gordon, 26, was hitting .315 (82-for-260) with 20 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 44 RBI and 59 runs scored in 68 games for Omaha and was recently a Pacific Coast League All-Star. He also played seven games in a rehab assignment to begin the season with High A Wilmington, batting .235 with three doubles and nine walks in 7 games. The converted third baseman hit .194 (6-for-31) with a double, home run, RBI and 5 runs scored in 12 games for the Royals prior to being optioned to Omaha following the Royals’ May 2 game at Tampa Bay.
Here is a revised lineup following the Callaspo trade:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – CF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Bloomquist – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Chen – P)
The Royals open a series at Yankee Stadium tonight (6:05 Central start). This game will air locally on Fox Sports Kansas City and nationally on the MLB Network (except in the KC and NY markets).
Here’s your lineup:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – CF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Bloomquist – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Chen – P)
The Kansas City Royals return to Kauffman Stadium for a seven-game homestand against the Minnesota Twins (July 26-28) and Baltimore Orioles (July 29-August 1). The first-ever Royals Charities Broadcast Auction on July 27, presented by Fox Sports Kansas City, highlights a week full of events. Below is a listing of the club’s upcoming community efforts.
Monday, July 26 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· PLAY Clinic – The Royals and the Kansas City (Mo.) Office of Civic and Community Engagement team up with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) to host a free PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) clinic at Kauffman Stadium from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Royals’ pitcher Luke Hochevar will join Royals’ Head Athletic Trainer Nick Kenney and members of the Royals’ sports medicine staff to lead 125 pre-selected youth in exercises to promote health and wellness as well as baseball fundamentals.
· Royals Charities Broadcast Auction – Royals Charities and Fox Sports Kansas City partner for a special on-air auction, giving viewers the opportunity to bid on unique ballpark experiences or purchase an exclusive Royals ticket package. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. during the Hy-Vee Royals LIVE pre-game show and continues throughout the telecast. For more information, visit www.royals.com/broadcastauction.
· Dream Factory – Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children. These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, will meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout, and enjoy the game and refreshments. Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10:00 p.m. newscast.
Wednesday, July 28 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 29 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Buses for Baseball – The Major League Baseball Players Association hosts underprivileged children in all 30 ballparks through the Buses for Baseball program. The special guests will have a chance to meet with select Royals players and receive tickets, souvenirs, food and transportation.
Friday, July 30 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· MLB Players Trust “City Clinic” – Billy Butler and Mitch Maier are among the players scheduled to host 250 children from Operation Breakthrough and the Boys & Girls Clubs during a baseball clinic for underprivileged children developed by – and featuring – current Major Leaguers in select cities across the country. The Kansas City clinic will be held at Cleveland Field (4299 Cleveland Ave. in Kansas City, Mo.) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Royals players are scheduled to participate from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. A number of former Major Leaguers will also be on hand to provide hands-on instruction. During each session, City Clinic attendees also participate in a question and answer session with the players and receive free T-shirts, autographs and refreshments. Please note that media members are invited to cover the event, but it is not open to the public.
Saturday, July 31 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.
Meet David DeJesus at Majestic Team Store – Outfielder David DeJesus will meet fans and sign autographs from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium.
State Farm Good Neighbor Award – Once a month throughout the season, State Farm Insurance honors a local organization that positively impacts the Kansas City area. Prior to the game, the State Farm Good Neighbor Award will be presented to the Kids with Courage Foundation. The organization, based in Lee’s Summit, Mo., helps children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and their families adjust to life after this devastating diagnosis.
Sunday, August 1 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
· Royals Troopers – The Royals Grounds Crew welcomes select children who have a parent deployed through the United States military efforts overseas to join them in game preparations as part of the Royals Troopers program. The honored kids will help prepare the field prior to the game and will receive game tickets and Royals merchandise.
Yost first discussed today’s lineup, which looks a little different than usual since Scott Podsednik, Jason Kendall, and David DeJesus have the day off. Wilson Betemit will take over for Podsednik in left field, a move Yost is comfortable with because Betemit played the outfield position while with the Yankees and Dodgers, as well as during winter ball. In regards to Kendall having the day off, Yost said he would prefer not taking Kendall out on a day when Zack Greinke takes the mound, but he just had to do it because of the heat and point in the season.
The manager also talked about the importance of quality pitching, which he finds particularly critical in the quest for wins at Kauffman Stadium. Yost added that the Royals need to continue to develop its young pitchers as well as amass pitching talent. He also admitted that the club is struggling in Gil Meche and Luke Hochevar’s former starting positions.
Yost doesn’t expect Anthony Lerew to make his next scheduled start due to injuries received after being hit with a line drive in last night’s game. Additionally, Yost expects Rick Ankiel to return to the club this weekend while in New York.
Butler, former outfield Les Norman and Royals Hall of Famers Willie Wilson and Frank White were on hand to mentor youth baseball and softball players.
Royalty Fields is a Royals Charities matching grant program that provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities throughout the Midwest. The program is in the running to receive a Pepsi Refresh Project grant. Visit http://mlb.mlb.com/sponsors/pepsi/refresh/y2010/?team=kc between July 13 and August 17 to vote!
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – CF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Maier – RF), (Aviles – 2B), (Betancourt – SS), (Lerew – P)
With the Royals now on a six-game losing streak, Yost said that they will have to fight through adversity by making adjustments and moving on. He added that a team doesn’t let losing streaks develop, they just happen. However, Yost does believe that you can control some aspects of the game such as preparation and focus, which Yost said every player must possess from the first pitch to the last. He stated that as manager, his main concern is getting the team prepared everyday, but unfortunately yesterday was the first time since he’s been the Royals’ skipper that he felt the team wasn’t focused 100 percent. Yost said he addressed the issue and has moved on.
The manager also confirmed that Gil Meche is still scheduled for a rehab start on Wednesday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Yost imagines his pitch count will be around 40-60 pitches. Also, Luke Hochevar is still recovering from a bit of stiffness in his elbow after having an MRI this past week. Hochevar won’t throw until the stiffness is gone.