KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Jason Kendall apparently is not feeling pushed to get his right shoulder game-ready in a big hurry now that the Royals have acquired Matt Treanor to join Brayan Pena behind the plate.
"He's just gaining strength in that shoulder. He was really pushing early, but I think now that we've got Treanor, he feels better about where we're at," manager Ned Yost said.
"So he's just now doing it right and getting it strong."
Kendall is likely to stay in Kansas City to work with physical therapist Jeff Blum while the Royals go on the road this weekend. There's no set timetable for Kendall's return, which previously had been somewhat vaguely late April or early May. When ready, he'll play rehabilitation games in the Minors.
"He really looked good in batting practice yesterday," Yost said. "He's making progress."
Kendall had extensive surgery on his right shoulder on Sept. 3.
"When he can make good, strong throws to second base three or four days in a row, he'll be ready to go play," Yost said.
Escobar dials up personal highlight reels
KANSAS CITY -- Ask Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar if he's ever made a play similar to Tuesday night's spectacular grab in the hole and he'll just smile and nod.
Sure he has. You want proof?
Escobar reaches into his locker and pulls out his cell phone.
"This is when I played for the Brewers. It's almost like the same play. I'll show you," he says and works his thumb.
Sure enough, onto the screen comes Escobar in a Brewers uniform making an almost identical grab and long, cross-field throw against Houston in a National League game last season, complete with the announcer's glowing description.
"And I did one in Arizona in 2009, too -- the same thing," he says.
He plans to load the video of Tuesday night's play against the White Sox on his phone right away. Now where does he find these tapes?
"On MLB.com," he says.
That was an unpaid commercial endorsement.
Historical look at late-game heroics
KANSAS CITY -- It's back into the dusty archives of Royals history for these tidbits.
Before Tuesday night's 12-inning, 7-6 victory over the White Sox, the Royals had won four straight games in their last at-bat only two times in team history, all home games.
April 5-8, 1989: They beat the Blue Jays, 2-1, as Pat Tabler singled home Danny Tartabull in the ninth, and 3-2, as Willie Wilson scored on a throwing error in the eighth. Then they edged the Red Sox, 9-8, with a four-run ninth that ended on Bob Boone's RBI single, and 2-1, as Jim Eisenreich singled in Brad Wellman in the 10th.
April 10-13, 2000: They beat the Twins, 6-5, on Johnny Damon's leadoff homer in the ninth. Then they topped the Orioles three straight times: 7-5 on Brian Johnson's two-run homer in the 12th, 7-6 on Rey Sanchez's three-run homer in the ninth and 6-5 on Carlos Beltran's RBI single in the ninth.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Royals' 2011 feat marked just the third time in Major League history that a team has posted its first four victories of the season in its last at-bat. It was previously accomplished by the 1901 Detroit Tigers and, yes, those 1989 Royals who opened the season with a loss before reeling off the four wins.
Mention any of this to current Royals manager Ned Yost and you'll detect a note of indifference to the historical aspect, as least as it relates to his club.
"I don't care, I just want to win games," Yost said. "That doesn't mean anything to me. As long as we win, that's all I care about."
And what does Yost do when his players, in the case of a walk-off victory, are jumping and hugging around home plate?
"I shake hands with the coaches. [The players] are the ones that did it, let them celebrate it," he said. "I start thinking about the next day."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.