Shealy, DeJesus feeling better
Royals duo recovering from injuries that affected season's end
KANSAS CITY -- Ryan Shealy was driving through Florida, on his way to see his beloved Gators play LSU. David DeJesus was home in Kansas City, looking forward to a trip to the Bahamas.
Both passed along good news about the injuries that had them limping away from the Royals' final game at the Metrodome in Minnesota.
Shealy, who boomed as September's first baseman, left the season finale after three innings with a tight left hamstring. The warning signals were raised because that's the hamstring that ruined his 2007 season and troubled him early this year.
"It's doing great," Shealy said. "I've had a massage a couple of times since I've been home. It was just real tight, and [manager Trey Hillman] said there's just no reason to push it so they just took me out. But it feels fine."
Outfielder DeJesus, the Majors' leader in RISP average, missed the last three games at Minnesota because of a tight right hip flexor. He left the Sept. 24 game at Detroit after striking out in the first inning and didn't play again.
"It's getting much better," DeJesus said. "The rest is definitely a help right now, and I'm really just doing cardio. Next week, I'll meet up with [with trainer Nick Swartz] and see how things are. It's feeling much better."
DeJesus batted .419 (44-for-105) with runners in scoring position this season to lead the Majors. Only two other Royals have ever been over the .400 mark in that category -- George Brett at .469 in 1980 and Mike Sweeney at .402 in 2002.
Shealy, called up from Triple-A Omaha for the final month, hit seven homers with 20 RBIs in 20 games to thrust himself into the first-base picture for 2009.
"I hope so," Shealy said. "This is a crazy sport and no one knows what can happen. But I did what I wanted to do: show everyone I was healthy and swinging the bat the way I can. That's all I wanted to do in September."
In the season-ending series at the thundering Metrodome, the Royals won the first two games before the Twins rebounded to win the third and make it to a division-title playoff game, which they lost at Chicago.
"We got to play in those games in Minnesota, and it was crazy. I'd never played in an environment like that," Shealy said. "It was definitely good from an experience standpoint, because those are the games you want to play in."
Shealy and DeJesus joined Mark Teahen and Mark Grudzielanek a few days ago at teammate John Buck's charity golf tournament and baseball clinic at Salt Lake City, Utah.
"It was cool. There were snow-capped mountains and things like that," DeJesus said.
He won't get that in the Bahamas.
Tryouts on Saturday: Players who see themselves as a future DeJesus or Shealy can show the Royals their stuff in an open tryout camp on Saturday at the Mid America Sports Complex, 20000 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kan. Registration is at 8 a.m. CT and the tryouts will begin a half-hour later.
Each player is required to sign a liability waiver; for players under 21, a parent or guardian must also sign. College players are not eligible and high school players must have written permission from their school principal. There is no fee, but players must bring their own equipment.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.