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Thursday lineup

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

B. Pena – C

Maier – CF

Hochevar – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 17

Thanks for the Invite, Joe!

 

Tampa Bay
Rays manager Joe Maddon selected Royals
manager Trey Hillman to be on his
All-Star coaching staff for the All-Star game commencing in mid July. “It’s a
great honor, I am truly very appreciative to Joe for selecting me to be a part
of such a very special weekend,” Hillman said. 
Trey stated, “You don’t take stuff like this for granted, I am going to
enjoy every minute of this experience, opportunities don’t come around like
this that often.” He admitted he was quite surprised by the selection seeing as
how the two do not have a whole lot of shared experiences together.        

 

Injury Report

 

Robinson Tejeda has had no symptoms or irritation
in his rehab stint, and seems to be throwing the ball well without
discomfort.  Mike Aviles is still resting and monitoring his injured elbow and
within the next week there should be more of a consensus on his
availability.  John Buck is on a rigorously monitored throwing program that will
not go beyond light “backyard catch”.  Sidney Ponson pitched 2.0 scoreless innings for Omaha today in a 4-3 win over New Orleans.  Doug Waechter is currently
participating in multiple bullpen sessions down in Arizona. 
Alex Gordon is progressing nicely
with his rehab regimen, becoming more and more capable of being as mobile as he
needs to be.  He is still lacking in
lateral movement and encouraged to not try and do too much with regards to his
mobility.  Light ground ball workouts,
hitting the weight room, and some casual jogging make-up his daily workout
schedule.

Wednesday lineup; Trey to All-Star Game

The All-Star Game is coming up on July 14, and today we found out that Royals manager Trey Hillman will help “Turn St. Lou Blue.”  Trey will be a coach for the American League!  Congratulations to Trey on this wonderful honor. 

Tonight is the “Summer of ’69” Retro Night with a special pre-game party in the Outfield Experience.  Select lower-level tickets are just $6, so come on out and watch Zack Greinke take on the Diamondbacks!

Here’s your Kansas City lineup for Wednesday:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Greinke – P

Additional Draft Signings

The Royals inked 10 more players from the 2009 First Year Player Draft and also signed a pair of undrafted players…the draft picks who have agreed to join the organization include:

Mathiew White (#6 pick, righthanded pitcher, University of New Mexico);

George Baumann (#7, lefthanded pitcher, Missouri State University);

Benjamin Theriot (#9, catcher, Texas State University);

Brendan Lafferty (#18, lefthanded pitcher, UCLA);

Ryan Stovall (#19, third baseman, Thomas University, GA);

Marvin Cooper (#21, centerfielder, Belhaven College, MS);

Ryan Dennick (#22, lefthanded pitcher, Tennessee Tech University);

Scott Kelley (#23, righthanded pitcher, Penn State University);

Gabriel MacDougall (#27, left fielder, Lynn University, FL) and

Claudio Bavera (#33, Cochise College, AZ)

The Royals also signed undrafted players Jack Adams (righthanded pitcher, San Jose State University, CA) and Bryan Roberts (righthanded pitcher, Loyola Marymount University, CA)

To date, the Royals have signed 17 selections from the draft and inked 4 more undrafted players.  For the full list of draft selections and signings, follow  this link:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=kc

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 16

From one side to the other

 

Gil Meche will be the first to tell you he did not have his legs under him at the beginning of the season.  On numerous occasions it was well documented that Meche’s stamina was becoming an issue and his style of working out was not conducive to his feeling comfortable or productive on the mound.  So now we come to find out that not only was changing his workout routine a contributor to his recent success, but he has also moved from one side of the rubber to the other.  “It is really helping him locate better, but to some degree it is also mental, everyone thinks a little tweak here and there can be monumental at times,” said manager Trey Hillman.  Hillman said Gil’s back feels much better, his stamina is regulated, and he is making some effective minor adjustments with pitching coach Bob McClure.

 

Misc.

 

Hillman was very appreciative toward the fans with their continued support and encouragement through this tough five-week stretch.  “You saw the fan turnout this past weekend, how awesome was that, they continue to believe in us and that makes it that much easier to believe in ourselves,” said Hillman.  He stated, “We have absolutely not lost hope and to be reassured by your community that they have not lost hope in you either is pretty special.”  Sidney Ponson threw two successful bullpen sessions in the past five days and he quite possibly could be ready for a minor league rehab stint in the coming week or two.  

Greinke T-shirt Tuesday: Diamondbacks in town

Greinke_shirt[1].JPGArizona makes their first appearance at Kauffman Stadium since 2003 tonight.  A lot has happened since 2003, including a homecoming for our boss, Mike Swanson, who worked with the Diamondbacks from their start-up until early 2007.

Tonight is T-shirt Tuesday, and we have the most anticipated shirt in Kansas City!  That’s right, we have Zack Greinke shirts for the first 20,000, so get here early!

 

 

 

 

Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – CF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Olivo – C

Jacobs – DH

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

T. Pena – SS

Meche – P 

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 14

Coco to the D.L.

 

Add Coco Crisp to the list of Royals players who are currently on the Disabled List.  The centerfielder went on the 15-day Disabled List today with a sore shoulder.  Manager Trey Hillman said, “We are going to keep him out until that shoulder fully heals, he can take as much time as he needs.”  In his place on the active roster will be Tug Hulett.  “He’s a good ballplayer, he can be very versatile for us,” said Hillman. 

 

Misc.

 

John Buck has been up and throwing in the last couple of days, but that is about the extent to which he can participate in activities.  His back is quite sore and is need of constant and consistent rest.  Mike Aviles is still resting his elbow, and Sidney Ponson had another encouraging bullpen session. 

Sunday lineup

The Royals are looking for a sweep of Cincinnati today…1:10 first pitch.  Come on out to the game!  Today’s game is also on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network (980 AM in Kansas City).

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Olivo – C

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

Hernandez – SS

Maier – CF

Bannister – P

Draft Signings

The 2009 First-Year Player Draft took place last week, with the Royals selecting 49 players.  The club has signed seven selections, plus a pair of non-drafted free agents. Here is a list of players signed to date:

 

10th round selection Geoffrey Baldwin, a first baseman from Grand Junction High School in Colorado

 

11th round selection Ryan Wood, a shortstop from East Carolina University

 

12th round selection Nicholas Wooley, a right-handed pitcher from William Woods University

 

16th round selection Eric Diaz, a left-handed pitcher from New Mexico Junior College

 

20th round selection Patrick Keating, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Florida

 

25th round selection Richard Folmer, a right-handed pitcher from Stephen F. Austin State University

 

30th round selection Josh Worrell, son of former Major Leaguer Todd Worrell, a right-handed pitcher from Indiana Wesleyan University

 

Non-drafted free agent Jose Sanchez, a left-handed pitcher from Montgomery College – Germantown

 

Non-drafted free agent Kyle Sweat, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Central Florida

 

 

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 13

Coming along Callaspo

 

Manager Trey Hillman is very impressed with the seemingly natural progression of his second basemen Alberto Callaspo.  “I am very pleased with his improvements this season, both at the plate and in the field,” said Hillman.  He stated, “Laterally I think there is room for improvement and I would like him to slow down on double play possibilities, otherwise I am very happy with his fielding.”  Hillman was asked about his home run capabilities in the future, “He is a doubles guy, if he starts thinking otherwise he won’t get that barrel where it needs to be and corrections will have to be made.  I like the Alberto we have,” said Hillman.

 

Prophet Hillman          

 

Hillman was asked what he thought baseball would look like in ten to fifteen years.  Hillman said, “You can pretty much expect to see more and more athletes on the field, who carry skills pertaining to agility, speed, and smarts. I think it will resemble the game of the past, with the emphasis put more on the finer points of the game, and not so much on the home run and how bulky can a guy get.”   

 

One tough Crisp

 

Royals centerfielder Coco Crisp has been injured for a while now, but you wouldn’t know it if you asked him.  Hillman says, “Crisp has quite the pain threshold, and is stubborn to a fault in dealing with his pain and playing. I thought the six days off would be enough, but his shoulder just isn’t healing up like we thought, the DL is not out of the question at this point.”

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