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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.
There’s still time to purchase the KC Blue Sports Pack for $30 online at royals.com/wizards. The Royals half of the promotion will be Tuesday night as the package features a View Level Infield Ticket at Kauffman Stadium for the Royals-Indians 7:10 p.m. game tomorrow and a Bleacher Ticket at CommunityAmerica Ballpark for the Wizards-Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer contest at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, August 29. Each ticket package also includes a Royals cap and a Wizards T-shirt..Tuesday’s game also features the fifth installment of T-Shirt Tuesday with the first 20,000 in attendance receiving a powder blue T-shirt with a classic Royals design presented by AT&T.
Members of the Royals and Wizards each saw how the other half lived as Billy Butler, Jamey Wright and Bruce Chen (right) attended the Wizards practice in Swope Park earlier today, then Jimmy Conrad, Jack Jewsbury, Davy Arnaud, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi participated in early batting practice here. Fans can also purchase the KC Blue Sports Pack by calling the Royals Ticket Services Department at (816) 504-4040, option 3.
The manager is back!
After an important three-day hiatus from the team to see his family, manager Trey Hillman was back from Texas to manage the Royals last night and met with the media this afternoon prior to tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners. “I am excited to be back, I’m doing just fine and I am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.”
What does Trey Hillman think we need to see from Royals pitcher Bruce Chen that will allow him to compete for a win in tonight’s game. “His cut-fastball has to be working against the right-handers, its crucial that he locates his change-up, and he absolutely must keep the ball down. He has been leaving the ball up in a lot of situations, but to his credit, the ball is spinning really well. This would be a huge win for both Bruce and the team.”
Not the same Sox
Manager Trey Hillman says this is not even close to the same team they played a little over a month ago. “Everything is falling into place for them right now, not too many serious injuries, good pitching, extremely hot hitting, solid defense, a good bullpen, put it all together and you have quite a hot team. We need to very careful this series, it could get out of hand quickly, we are going to have to play good solid baseball, and make as few mistakes as possible.”
Round 2 for Mr. Chen
Trey Hillman seems to be very excited about his recently called up left handed pitcher, Bruce Chen. “He is fearless out there, fastballs in and out, change ups to righties and lefties, he’ll run one in on you with only a 87 mph fastball, it’s impressive,” said Hillman. “If he works both sides of the plate, stays in control with his command, and mixes his pitches like we know he can, his contributions to the team should be great.”