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Last Friday, the Royals were on hand as the Johnson County Christmas Bureau opened their annual Holiday Shop. The JCCB is a volunteer, non-profit organization that serves nearly 2,600 low-income families each year. Third baseman Alex Gordon and his wife Jamie joined a team of Royals associates, led by Kevin Uhlich, Senior Vice President of Business Operations.
Associates were matched with shoppers, who picked out clothing, food and holiday gifts. Coats donated to the Royals Coat Drive in September were among the items distributed.
Uhlich assisted shoppers in the personal care section while Alex and Jamie helped in the toys section. Bicycles were a popular item and we spotted Alex rolling (and riding) bikes out to the shopper’s cars. He was asked to autograph a few of the new wheels.
Check back later for pictures of Gordon’s Saturday community visit in Overland Park.
Royals manager Trey Hillman says if everything goes according to plan, look for Royals starter Gil Meche to make a scheduled start on Thursday in the third game of the three-game series in Minnesota (August 11-13). “We’ll see how things go, but as of right now, we are looking at him going in that third game up in Minnesota. He says he feels good, and we think he is ready to come back. We will re-evaluate after the day off on Monday and see where he is.”
Alex Gordon is not in the lineup today against the Oakland Athletics and, according to Hillman, after a night game that is not something we should be expecting. “He’s not ready for that, his body isn’t capable of healing up as fast at the present moment. It is going to be a while before Alex can play an entire three-game series and a day game after a night game. He’s getting there, it’s just not in the cards right now, he’s doing everything possible but his body needs to rest.”
Weather update – 7:20: We are currently in a delay, with no scheduled start time at this point.
Manager Trey Hillman was asked about the difficulty in finding spots for his extremely versatile trio of Mark Teahen, Ryan Freel, and Willie Bloomquist. “It’s going to be very difficult in making sure each one of those individuals doesn’t rest too long and we find spots for them on the field. You’ve got foot speed, athleticism, and ability in all three of those gentlemen, it’s my job to find a place for each of them in the line-up as often as I can.”
According to Hillman, third basemen Alex Gordon is feeling pretty good after coming back from his early season hip injury that had sidelined him since April 16. “At the moment Alex is feeling good about where he is at and as a coaching staff we are constantly watching his every move to see how his body responds to different situations. The maneuvering and running of the base paths continues to be the most difficult obstacle to overcome. His conditioning is also a work in progress, there have been a couple of scenarios in the past few games that Alex’s body was not prepared for, that will be corrected in time.”
Almost Flash Gordon
Royals third baseman Alex Gordon played for the Triple-A affiliate Omaha Royals last night, and according to manager Trey Hillman, things went about as expected. “His game went kind of like we thought it would, a hit here, a walk there, heavy legs in the field and on the base paths. There was no pain in his hip area and he was swinging the bat OK, he recorded one hit with two walks (one intentional).”
All-Star starter, Zack Greinke?
Hillman still feels Royals pitcher Zack Greinke should start for Joe Maddon’s American League All-Star team. “The innings he’s logged, his strikeout to walk ratio, his record is very respectable, his ERA is fantastic, I don’t think anyone could have kept up his pace, and sadly that has made him less appealing to some people,” said Hillman. If he has had any problem at all this season, at times it has been location, otherwise his stuff is still the same, he has not lost any action on his pitches, Hillman went on to say.
Happy July 4th Kansas City, have fun during this special weekend, but remember to be safe!
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.
Royals prospect Danny Duffy, currently a member of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, will play for the U.S. squad at the Futures Game, to be held on July 12 in St. Louis as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT.
Duffy, KC’s second-round pick in 2007, is 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA this season. He ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 66 strikeouts. He pitched a scoreless inning at the California/Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Current Royals John Buck, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke and Luke Hochevar have represented the U.S. squad in previous Futures Games. Buck was with the Houston organization when he played in the 2002 Futures Game. Butler took home MVP honors in 2006, becoming the second straight Royal to do so after Justin Huber won in 2005.
Catcher Miguel Olivo played for the World Team in 2000 while in the Oakland system and reliever Juan Cruz represented the World Team in 2001 while he was in the Cubs organization. Right-handed pitcher Julio Pimentel, currently on the 40-man roster, played for the World squad in last year’s contest.
Congratulations to Danny on this honor and best of luck on July 12!
Short Term Memory
Manager Trey Hillman was asked about the importance of forgetting a difficult loss like yesterday’s against the Cleveland Indians. “I would like in some form or another like to put the last five weeks out of my mind, you have to learn from your mistakes and move on,” Hillman said. He stated that being home and starting interleague play could be the spark this team needs to catapult them into a winning streak and propel them in the right direction. “It’s always nice to see other teams from around the league, I’m a baseball fan too, it should be a fun a homestand,” said the manager.
No Pessimism in this Clubhouse
Manager Trey Hillman has told us on numerous occasions this season that at no point will he ever give up on this team, nor will they as a club ever count themselves out. “Hey man, there is optimism in that clubhouse, it’s hard to play ball like this but you have to let it go,” Hillman said. “We have not lost hope, our confidence is high, and we are thankful every day for our jobs, the ballpark we play in and the city we play for,” exclaimed Hillman.
Alex Gordon has been doing two reps of ground ball drills, and has been taking light batting practice. He is also jogging on a consistent basis, but his lateral movement is being watched rigorously and evaluated daily.
Robinson Tejeda pitched last night for the Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals and he is progressing nicely and is being monitored for reassignment.
Mike Aviles is still resting his elbow and there can be absolutely no movement in his elbow for up to one more week.
Sidney Ponson threw a promising bullpen session yesterday, and is scheduled for another in the coming days.
John Buck is felling much better then he had in past days, but is nowhere near being ready to put on a uniform for the Royals.
With all of these players, Hillman says, “There is not a set timetable for any of our injured players, as each day comes they get healthier and when they are ready to perform, we will let you know.”
The Royals host the co-tenant Rangers at 2:05 Central time, 1:05 local time. Today’s game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City or with a subscription to Gameday Audio. Alex Gordon has homered in the last two contests. He is in the lineup again today:
Brandon Duckworth – RHP
Matt Wright - RHP
Kyle Farnsworth - RHP
Carlos Rosa - RHP
Yasuhiko Yabuta – RHP
Ron Mahay – LHP
Alex Gordon hit a grand slam on Tuesday as Kansas City tied Cleveland 9-9. The Royals are the visitors today as they play the co-tenant Rangers in Surprise. Here is your Kansas City lineup:
Luke Hochevar – RHP
Danny Cortes – RHP
Devon Lowery – RHP
Matt Wright – RHP
The early days of Spring Training are dedicated to the fundamentals. Bunting, sliding, and defense are a few of the drills being emphasized in Surprise. Let’s take a look:
First base coach Rusty Kuntz specializes in teaching baserunning. He had everyone take off their shoes for this fun drill…it looks like some of the guys were taken back to their Slip ‘n Slide days! (Left – Willie Bloomquist, right – Billy Butler, below right – Alex Gordon)
Every player has been working on getting the bunt down…including Kila Ka’aihue.
The outfielders worked with Kuntz on technique (below left). Coco Crisp later spent some time fielding batting practice.
Crisp and his teammates were all smiles as they took some cuts in the cage.