KANSAS CITY -- The surgery to repair a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in Royals outfielder David DeJesus' right thumb was completed Monday and was a complete success.
"Everything went good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The doctor got in and reattached it and said everything went great. He's still sticking by the 10-week thing, so that's good news for us. There were no complications."
DeJesus injured his thumb Thursday night at Yankee Stadium when he ran into the right-field wall attempting to catch Derek Jeter's fly ball.
The Royals hope to have DeJesus return in September, but that is all based on how well his recovery goes from this point on.
"If he's able, we're going to push him and see if we can get to that 10-week mark, just for his own peace of mind, and our peace of mind that he's going to be at full strength next year," Yost said. "These are surgeries that they do all the time, and have a tremendous amount of success. I look for him to be back right around that 10-week period."
DeJesus was in the middle of a career year, batting a career-best .318, and currently holds the longest active errorless streak among Royals outfielders at 241 games.
-- Samuel Zuba
Kendall reaches milestone behind dish
KANSAS CITY -- Jason Kendall, welcome to the elite.
At the conclusion of Monday's game against the Twins, Kendall became one of five players to catch at least 2,000 games. With the milestone, Kendall joins Pudge Rodriguez, Carlton Fisk, Bob Boone and Gary Carter as the only catchers to reach this plateau.
And 2,000 games later, he's still having fun.
"I still enjoy it, I still love playing the game," Kendall said after recording his 2,000th game behind the plate.
Waiting for Kendall in the Royals' locker room were five different cakes -- each of which had the face of the five catchers to reach 2,000, with bottles of champagne for the whole clubhouse.
"It definitely means something to me," Kendall said of the accomplishment. "I obviously wish the game would've went a little better, but everybody has those games once a year, we just kind of picked the wrong night."
It took Kendall only 15 seasons to catch 2,000 games, which is the quickest of the five. But in 1998, an ankle injury threatened to ends his career.
"About 12 years ago I hurt my ankle a little bit, and some people wrote me off," he said. "This is kind of a ... you guys can choose the words for them. Some people said I wouldn't play again. Some said I wouldn't be back to the type of player I was, and I'm still going."
Kendall exhibits a type of toughness that enables him to play when others would need rest. That's probably why he has started 93 of the Royals' 99 games this season.
"It's just his durability," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I think it's most remarkable to me the way his mindset is focused on the marathon of the season. He doesn't allow any issue to come into his mind that would cause him any slow down.
Kendall avoids taking games off at all costs, even at 36 years old.
"With pain and fatigue, it's a mindset," Yost said. "He doesn't recognize it, he doesn't feel it. ... He's ready to go and he's the same the first day as he is the last day. It's amazing that somebody can do what he's done. It's a huge accomplishment."
For Kendall, he's not going to stop until someone makes him.
"I'm going to keep going until someone takes [my uniform] off of me," he said.
Trade rumor mill continues to turn
KANSAS CITY -- You want a Royals trade rumor? Step right up. There are plenty to be found.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXsports.com stirred up a healthy stew over the weekend, throwing around three names from the Royals and three from the Mets that were supposedly being discussed by those teams.
Those were Royals starter Gil Meche, outfielder Jose Guillen and reliever Kyle Farnsworth and, on the Mets side, starter Oliver Perez, outfielder Jeff Francoeur and second baseman Luis Castillo. Not all in the same package, Rosenthal cautioned, but the names were dropped.
This is the second time a Meche-for-Perez swap has been bandied about, with the old "needs a change of scenery" theory paired with the same approximate salaries for both pitchers. Meche, of course, is still rehabbing from a shoulder injury and the Mets might be cooled off by the seven runs he gave up in four innings for Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
Francoeur, a big right-handed hitter whom Royals general manager Dayton Moore knows well from their mutual Atlanta years, was in KC rumors last July before the Braves dealt him to the Mets. Guillen, of course, is one of the prime trade candidates on the Royals' shelf along with Farnsworth and, perhaps, outfielder Scott Podsednik.
Moore has already made one deal, sending third baseman Alberto Callaspo to the Angels for starting pitcher Sean O'Sullivan and Minor League pitcher Will Smith. And, of course, more talks are ongoing.
"There are only five or six clubs that you really talk to, because if you've got 12 teams in the pennant race and you match up with five or six, that's pretty good," Moore said. "It's pretty standard stuff; there's not anything really to report."
With the Royals in New York over the weekend, there were several reports from, among others, Rosenthal and SI.com's Jon Heyman that the Yankees would love to have closer Joakim Soria. Well, who wouldn't love to have one of the game's best closers who has a team-friendly contract that, with club options, goes through 2014? Supposedly the Yankees dangled top catching prospect Jesus Montero and got a polite no.
There was one report that Tampa Bay was dreaming of Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke but the Rays were told that Greinke and Eliot Ness were among the untouchables.
Even outfielder David DeJesus, his season almost certainly ended by thumb surgery on Monday, remained in the rumor mill's "almost happened" category. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reported the Giants were making "genuine progress" on a DeJesus deal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com typed that the Red Sox also were in the hunt.
The countdown continues. The trade deadline is at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday.
"We've already made one deal," Moore said. "It's hard to say what may or may not unfold. It's just unpredictable at this point."
-- Dick Kaegel
Betancourt a late scratch vs. Twins
KANSAS CITY -- Royals shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt was a late scratch from Monday's game due to a family emergency.
Chris Getz will now start at second, hitting ninth, and Mike Aviles will shift to shortstop, batting sixth.
Meche struggles in rehab start
KANSAS CITY -- Though the numbers on Gil Meche's second rehab start weren't pretty, the Royals are still optimistic.
After pitching four scoreless innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in his first rehab start, Meche made his second start for Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
Meche pitched four innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout. The right-hander threw 79 pitches, 53 for strikes, and exited the game with the O-Royals trailing, 7-0.
For Royals manager Ned Yost, sometimes the numbers do lie.
"You're looking at the way that he feels," Yost said. "The numbers are kind of secondary. You go on how he feels and the way that his elbow reacts and the way that his shoulder reacts and go from there."
Meche was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 29 with right shoulder bursitis and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 14.
-- Samuel Zuba
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Samuel Zuba is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.