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Jose on the sidelines
Royals outfielder Jose Guillen has been put on the 15-Day Disabled List with an LCL tear in his right knee. Apparently, while preparing for his first at-bat of the game Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Guillen felt a pop in his right knee. According to Manager Trey Hillman, “At the moment, it is 4-6 weeks with the possibility of taking as long as 8-10. It might need to be surgically repaired, but we are looking into getting a second opinion on the knee and we’ll go from there.”
Not too much new to report from the Royals dugout today, except that Royals pitchers Gil Meche and Kyle Farnsworth both threw off the mound prior to the game today. They will be closely monitored, evaluated and a determination will be made on their readiness as well as progress from their prospective injuries.
Trey Hillman announced this afternoon during his daily media briefing that starter Gil Meche was placed on the 15-day Disabled List with a left lower back strain. The D.L. stint for Gil is retroactive to July 12, so that means his earliest reinstatement date is July 27. In his place, the Royals activated right-hander Sidney Ponson from the D.L. Sidney will make the start for KC on Monday against the Angels.
Hochevar soaring to new heights
Many reporters were asking manager Trey Hillman what to make of all the fly ball outs by starting pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is primarily a ground ball specialist. “Yeah, their sure were a lot of fly ball outs last night, what can I say, he’s locating all his pitches better, is really what it is. It is very encouraging to see as a manager, he’s progressing and becoming more of a pitcher and less of a thrower, it happens at some point to most through maturity and development.”
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If it was up to Jose Guillen, he would be in the starting line-up tonight against the Minnesota Twins, but it’s not and he isn’t. The good news is however, they both agree that in a pinch, Guillen’s services are available if need be. So look for a well rested Jose Guillen in the later innings of the game to help out if needed, if not he is expected to be ready to start tomorrow against Glen Perkins and the Twins (1:10 pm). Gil Meche had a very successful throwing session yesterday before the game, allaying any fears he or the coaching staff might have about his lack of velocity and consistency. He is on track and scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Minnesota. John Buck has been doing quite well with his rehab assignment, throwing the ball and batting without too much discomfort. “There have been no setbacks to this point, John is moving along very well,” says Hillman.
The cover story is timely – Zack Greinke and Gil Meche. We would like to state that we planned this issue (and took the cover photo) in Spring Training, well before Zack became the national media darling. David Boyce takes a look inside the dynamic 1-2 pitching duo.
We also profile Royals starter Kyle Davies this month. Kyle is an avid reader. Can you guess the author of the book he just finished? We’ll just say that this well-known businessperson has visited Kauffman Stadium. You can find the answer on page 34.
The Royals are playing a young Baltimore team this weekend. If you need to brush up on the O’s roster, we’re here to help with a story on their star in the making – center fielder Adam Jones. He enters Thursday’s game third in the American League in batting average at .370 and first in runs with 35.
Each month we highlight an upcoming road city. This month, we’re going north of the border to Toronto. If you’re thinking about a trip to see the Royals play the Jays from June 5-7, we have the must-see sites!
That’s just a sampling of our Royals Gameday Magazine for June…and here’s the best news: We’re kicking things off with a special Buck Night magazine deal on Friday, May 15. Gamedays are just $1, all night long! That’s right, come out to see Zack pitch and buy the latest Gameday, with Zack and Gil on the cover, for just $1!
This number wasn’t issued for the first 20 seasons of Royals baseball…in the last 20 seasons, eight KC pitchers have suited up in 55. Kevin Appier was the first to don the number in 1989. The ace right hander kept the number through the 1995 season. Appier switched to 17 for the ’96 season. Bullpen coach Guy Hansen, who signed Appier in 1987, took the number 55 for the 1996 season.
Appier donned 17 until he was traded to Oakland in 1999. He took back number 55 upon rejoining the Royals in 2003. In the interim, Allen McDill, Tim Byrdak, Mac Suzuki, Tony Cogan, and Nate Field wore 55.
After Appier’s second stint in KC, 55 stayed on the shelf until 2006, when righty Joe Nelson claimed the number.
Meche signed with the Royals in December, 2006, and the number has been his ever since.
After an off day on Tuesday, the Royals are back in action on Wednesday, hosting Seattle at Surprise. Gil Meche takes the hill against his former team while Willie Bloomquist faces Seattle for the first time after spending 10 seasons in the Mariners organization. Today’s game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City or through Gameday Audio on royals.com. We’re headed out for a look at the renovations and the crown, so check back for pictures later today! Here is a tentative lineup for today’s game:
Heath Phillips – LHP
Ron Mahay – LHP
Jimmy Gobble – LHP
You love to watch your favorite Royals hit the ball out of the park…now see if they can keep another white ball in bounds! The second annual Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by Sprint is set for Monday, May 18.
The popular tournament will match current players and alumni with participants in an 18-hole golf tournament. All proceeds will again benefit the Special Olympics of Greater Kansas City Metro. To register, please visit:
Pictures: Above – Billy Butler tees off; below left – Gil Meche takes a picture with a new fan; below right - a few golfers talk baseball with General Manager Dayton Moore
The ATH crew is counting down the days until spring training after the Royals finished 2008 on fire. Kansas City won two of three in the Twin Cities, which secured the best September mark in Major League Baseball at 18-8.
Today’s post is stat-heavy. If you dig into the September stats, you’ll see that a few of the current Royals put themselves among elite company in the team history books.
Seventh Heaven: Ryan Shealy blasted 7 home runs during September, which tied him for the sixth-best September total in club history. (John Mayberry and Danny Tartabull share the record with 9 in 1972 and 1987, respectively. Steve Balboni, Carlos Beltran, and Jeff King clubbed 8 apiece.) Shealy, recalled from Omaha on September 2, also led the club with 20 RBI and a .603 slugging percentage.
Record-Setting Rook: Mike Aviles finished his storybook rookie campaign with a few more records and notes. Aviles led all MLB rookies with 33 hits during the month (Minnesota’s Denard Span has 30 hits. He could add to his total if Minnesota has to play Chicago on Tuesday.) Aviles’ 33 hits ties him with Carlos Beltran for the second-best September total by a Royals rookie. George Brett set the mark with 35 in 1974. Aviles also crossed the plate 22 times during the month, which ties him for third all-time in franchise history. Brett and Al Cowens scored 23 times apiece as the Royals rolled through September, 1977. Tartabull had 22 in 1987 and Beltran matched that mark in 2002 and 2003.
Consistent Callaspo: Alberto Callaspo hit in 18 consecutive games during September. The streak was the longest by a Royal in 2008. Callaspo batted .344 (22-for-64) during the 18 games. His streak was tied for the ninth-longest in club history.
3 x 4: Kyle Davies, Zack Greinke, and Gil Meche each went 4-1 during September. The last time three K.C. pitchers won 4 games in the same calendar month was August, 1989. Bret Saberhagen went 7-0 while Tom Gordon compiled a 5-1 record and Mark Gubicza chipped in with a 4-2 mark. Davies, Greinke, and Meche became just the third trio to win at least 4 games in September. The last time, you ask? The year was 1978, when team Hall of Famer’s Dennis Leonard, Larry Gura, and Paul Splittorff accomplished the feat.
Closing Points: We can’t make it through this post without mentioning another dominant month from All-Star Joakim Soria. The right-hander converted all 9 of his save opportunities. The 9 saves surpassed Dan Quisenberry’s club record of 8 September saves, established in 1984. Soria tied Francisco Rodriguez of the Angels for the most saves in the big leagues during the month. KC’s closer posted a perfect 0.00 ERA while limiting opponents to an .091 batting average. His 42 rescues on the year ranks fourth in single-season club history, trailing only Jeff Montgomery (45 in 1993) and Dan Quisenberry (45 in 1983 and 44 in 1984).
A Look Ahead: Manager Trey Hillman is meeting with media members on Tuesday. We’ll bring you a wrap up of the press conference. During the off season, look for a few quick posts each week to keep you up to date on events in the Royals organization.
The Royals opened their final road trip last night with a 6-2 victory over the Tigers. They are now one-game back from the Bengals as Trey Hillman’s club continues to play well in September.
David DeJesus placed the Royals on his back last night, collecting seven total bases and falling a homer shy of the cycle. In his seventh career four-hit effort, DeJesus scored twice and added his 73rd RBI of the season. He’s hit in 13 straight, averaging .420 over his streak.
That has been an absolute key to the September surge. Timely hitting has carried the Royals with three separate players compiling hitting streaks of 10 or more games this month. Joining DeJesus is Jose Guillen who had a career-high 14 gamer from Sept. 4-17 and has hits in 17 of his last 19 games. The Royals also have found a regular second baseman in the wake of Mark Grudzielanek’s season ending early with Alberto Callaspo, who has both looked solid turning the double play and is in the midst of a career-high 16-game hitting streak. Callaspo’s streak is tied for the longest by any Royal this season. Guess who has the other 16-game hitting streak in 2008? Here’s a hint, his initials are D.D. and he wears No. 9.
Thanks to these three, the Boys in Blue are delivering for their manager in a big way. They are 8-2 in their last 10 and 14-7 in September. They own the highest American League September batting average at .295, they are second to only Cleveland in the A.L. in wins this month and the pitching staff’s 3.88 ERA is third with their .239 opponent’s average second.
The Royals may have only three game left on FSN-Kansas City, but it turns out they have four more TV games. Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, who are 2.5 games behind the White Sox at the moment, has been moved to FOX. The Twins, who are home against Chicago now, may still be vying for their playoff lives.
Instead of a 6:10 start, the game will now begin at 2:55 with Gil Meche making his last start of the season. The change will mark the Royals second exposure to the FOX spotlight this summer. You may recall the blisteringly hot day in Kansas City on August 2, when the Royals played the White Sox on FOX.
In the first of two-straight 19-hit affairs, the Royals beat the Pale Hose, 9-7. The temperature at first pitch that day was 95, but the heat index soared to over 110. So don’t miss it this Saturday, the Royals will get in on the playoff action again, playing the second game of a three-game season-ending series.
David DeJesus’ four-hit effort last night is his third at Comerica, where he is hitting .357 in 36 career games…Gil Meche became the Royals first 13-game winner since Paul Byrd notched 17 wins in 2002…The team’s 14 September wins are the most since 2000 (14-14) with a 15th victory being the best since 1987 (15-13).
Around the Horn would like to announce that due to the ongoing renovations at Kauffman Stadium, we had to vacate yesterday, leaving behind our old press box and working environment. The only thing left populating the offices where we once worked are construction workers who are busy tearing those offices apart. It was a sad day for all of us who were moving yesterday. That press box was the original, created in 1973. We just thought you, our loyal readers, would like to know what’s up with us.
No full Around the Horn today, we’re going to get into it quick in anticipation of what should be a pitcher’s duel today at the K. Cliff Lee (20-2 2.32 ERA) and Zack Grienke (10-9, 3.67 ERA) square off.
Lee is the American League’s only 20-game winner so far this season and ERA king, while Greinke has put up career highs for strikeouts, quality starts and will probably top his innings and starts highs before the season ends. So, let’s get to it…
Strikeouts are fun
Starters Gil Meche and Zack Greinke are a turning out to be a strikeout tandem that the Royals haven’t seen the likes of for a while. Between the two, they’ve amassed 317 punch outs this season (158 for Meche and 159 for Greinke, which are both career highs). They current sit at No. 5 and 6 in the American League. As a 1-2 punch, they are third best in the A.L. behind Toronto’s A.J. Burnett and Roy Halladay who have 386 and the Angels’ Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver who sit at 324.
Meche and Greinke are the first pair of Royals starters to go over 150 since 1993 when David Cone (191) and Kevin Appier (186) accomplished the feat. By season’s end, Greinke and Meche might be approaching that lofty air, but for now, look for them to take down the 1997 duo of Appier (196) and Jose Rosado (129) who reached 325.
With Greinke throwing today, look for the Royals tandem to challenge the 1997 duo and for second in the A.L. The Angels aren’t throwing Weaver or Santana and Greinke had 8 strikeouts last Tuesday and is averaging 9.3 K’s a start over his last seven (8.1 this season in 28 starts).
Couple Other Notes: The Royals are 6-4 this season in rubber games…Joakim Soria tied Dan Quisenberry on the Royals all-time season saves list with his 35th save last night…The Royals hit the road for six tomorrow night with a 3-game series in Minnesota starting Tuesday and begin their final homestand a week from tomorrow with four games against Seattle (RETRO-PRICING). Fan Appreciation ends the final homestand with three games versus Chicago (BE A HOT DOG).
Today’s Official Game Notes.