Notes: Teahen may start in center
Hudson's tight shoulder throws wrinkle into rotation
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mark Teahen could be making another position change.Teahen has been starting in center in the absence of David DeJesus, who has been out a week with an abdominal virus. The plan at the start of Spring Training was to move Teahen from third base to right field, but he could wind up in center, where he has been an impressive, albeit novice, outfielder. "It may not be [right field]," manager Buddy Bell said of Teahen's final destination. "Where he's going to play, I'm not really sure. I think he can play anywhere in the outfield. We're just not sure where that is going to be just yet. I like what I see of Teahen in center. We'll see how David is when he comes back." Bell said DeJesus is expected back in camp on Thursday or Friday. "He's going to be weak," Bell said. "Hopefully, he'll be strong enough to play in a game by this weekend or the beginning of next week, so he'll have enough at-bats going into the season where his timing will be right where it needs to be." Wobbly rotation: Luke Hudson's shoulder tightness has created some confusion on how the Royals' rotation will shape up. Hudson was scratched from a scheduled start on Monday in a Minor League game because of the sore right shoulder. Hudson missed the 2003 season after having arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder. In 2005, he missed 58 games with inflammation in his right shoulder. "A couple of years ago I had some tightness," Hudson said. "I didn't say anything about it. I tried to throw through it and it made me miss about a month and a half. I didn't want to go down that road again." Hudson said he'll see how the shoulder "feels in the next couple of days" after a mound session. "We plan on him making his next start, but right now, it's up in the air depending on how he throws," Bell said. "The rotation is still up in the air in terms of who because of injuries.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.