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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.
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.
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.
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.”
Today, the Royals place right-handed pitcher Sidney Ponson on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 30 with a right elbow strain. Closer Joakim Soria and shortstop Tony Pena, Jr. were activated from the disabled list and will be available for tonight’s game at Tampa Bay.
In other news, the Royals have signed Tim Raines, Jr. to a minor league contract. The 29-year old Raines batted .311 with 18 home runs and 78 RBI for Tucson in the PCL last season. He played for Baltimore in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Tim Jr. played alongside his dad, seven-time All-Star Tim Sr., in 2001 for the Orioles. The younger Raines has been assigned to Triple-A Omaha.
Major League Baseball paid homage to Jackie Robinson on Wednesday as all uniformed personnel wore number 42. The day took on extra meaning in Kansas City, where Robinson played for the Negro League’s Monarchs in 1945. Former 20-game winner Mudcat Grant was on hand in the Buck O’Neill Legacy Seat. Here’s a look at the special day, which included this monster home run by Mike Jacobs.