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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.
Alex Gordon will make his first start of the 2010 season. Here’s your lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Ankiel – CF), (Callaspo – 2B), (Kendall – C), (Gordon – 3B), (Betancourt – SS), (Hochevar – P)
The Royals and Twins will get underway from Target Field at 12:10 today. The game is on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network. Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Ankiel – CF), (Callaspo – 2B), (Kendall – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Meche – P)
Second baseman Chris Getz was placed on the D.L. this morning (retroactive to April 15) with a right oblique strain. Alex Gordon was returned from his rehab assignment and activated from the D.L.
Fans who have attended Spring Training in Surprise know that opportunities are abound to watch games and practices. The Royals play several ‘B’ games against their complex counterparts, the Texas Rangers. These games are not held at the stadium – instead they are on one of the practice fields at the complex. The ‘B’ games and practices are free to attend and fans can usually stake claim to a location that is just off of the field.
Today’s ‘B’ game featured Luke Hochevar, who was pushed back after yesterday’s regular game against the Giants was postponed. Let’s take at a few of the things that happen at a ‘B’ game.
Scouts and baseball operations personnel are continuously tracking the progress of the players. On the left, Senior Advisor to the General Manager and 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee Art Stewart surveys the action. Rene Francisco, Kansas City’s Special Assistant to the General Manager/International Operations, is standing behind Stewart (to his right, our left).
The next photo shows General Manager Dayton Moore and Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development J.J. Picollo. The pair are speaking with Jon Daniels (center), the General Manager of the Rangers.
When the team goes to another complex for a game, a ‘travel roster’ is assembled. For example, some of the pitchers are not going to throw in the regular game that day. They stay behind in Surprise and spend time on other training activities, including strength and conditioning. Here, Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies are taking in Hochevar’s outing.
‘B’ games also require coaches to take on different roles. Trey Hillman served as the third base coach during today’s ‘B’ game. This picture shows the close proximity of the bleachers for a ‘B’ game.
Former third baseman Joe Randa is in camp working with players. Here he talks to John ‘Duke’ Wathan. On the right, Randa lends his advice to Mike Moustakas. Randa has mentored ‘Moose’ on multiple occasions since the Royals drafted Moustakas in 2007.
Now you know about some of the other happenings at Spring Training besides the game that is on the schedule at royals.com. We hope that you can make a trip to Spring Training in the near future!
The Royals announced that the club has agreed to one-year Major League contracts for the 2010 season with third baseman Alex Gordon and right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda, avoiding arbitration with both. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. With the agreements, the Royals do not have any remaining arbitration-eligible players unsigned for 2010. In addition, the club has requested Unconditional Release Waivers on infielder Luis Hernandez, who was designated for assignment on January 9.
Gordon, 25, struggled with a hip injury in 2009, officially missing 79 games on the Disabled List. The Royals’ first-round selection from 2005 batted .232 for the club with six home runs and 22 RBI in 49 games, also making rehab stops in Surprise, Northwest Arkansas and Omaha.
The 27-year old Tejeda was 4-2 for Kansas City with a 3.54 ERA in 35 games, including six starts. The 6-foot-3 right-hander’s six starts all came in September, as he went 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in the season’s final month. The Bani, Dominican Republic native posted 10.63 strikeouts per nine innings and held the opposition to a .167 batting average, the third-lowest in baseball among pitchers with at least 70.0 innings.
The North Caravan has made stops in Cameron, Lincoln, and Omaha. The trip concludes this afternoon with visits to Maryville and St. Joseph. Alex Gordon and Willie Bloomquist are having a great time on the trip. Here, Alex flipped his nameplate to the blank side and gave his teammate a good-natured ribbing. Sluggerrr is also on the trip. Our favorite mascot loaded up on cat food at Hy-Vee in Lincoln.
The Royals reached out to 60 area youth on Tuesday at the first Royals Charities Kids Holiday Party. The event hosted kids from Della Lamb, Spofford Home, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. and Operation Breakthrough. First baseman Billy Butler, outfielder David DeJesus and third baseman Alex Gordon all took part in the afternoon’s events.
Participants ate dinner, made ornaments, decorated cookies and visited with Sluggerrr. Santa handed out gifts that were donated by front office associates. The kids also took home a holiday stocking full of goodies. DeJesus closed the party by reading “The Night Before Christmas.”
Diners at Saturday’s Red Stocking Breakfast in Overland Park expected to see a few local celebrities…however, they may have been surprised to be served orange juice or coffee by Kansas City’s third baseman.
Alex Gordon and wife Jamie took part in the Kansas Children’s Service League’s benefit, which served 600 breakfast-goers and raised nearly $26,000 for child abuse prevention and education programs in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
Thank you to everyone who came out to help the KCSL on Saturday! For more information, visit www.kcsl.org.
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.”