KANSAS CITY -- Susan Wayne Krigel, a breast cancer survivor, has been named the winner of the Royals Honorary Bat Girl Contest and will be recognized on the field at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday as part of the Mother's Day awareness celebration.
Krigel and winners from the other 29 teams were selected for Major League Baseball and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure by a celebrity panel of judges and a half-million fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com powered by MLB.com.
At 47 while working for the Cancer Information Service and in the clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Krigel was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her first year of graduate school included several surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and her daughter's wedding.
Six years later, she is now finishing her internship at the University of California-San Diego and is working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Players for the Royals and Oakland A's will demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause in Sunday's game by wearing symbolic pink ribbons, wristbands and other items. Some players also will use pink bats.
Kendall taking cautious approach to return
KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Jason Kendall, who once talked about being ready by Opening Day, is more laid back about his return as the days of May flip past. In fact, because he was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the Royals' roster for Eric Hosmer, he can't officially return to the active roster before May 30.
"Early June, mid-June, July," Kendall said. "Whenever I'm ready to go, whenever I can catch four days in a row and have a day off and catch the next day is when I'll go."
He's been recovering from extensive right shoulder surgery last Sept. 3.
Kendall continues to work out according to a disciplined schedule, although he pushed his throwing arm a bit too hard last month and had to ease off some. But now he's feeling friskier.
"I have zero pain, which is really good, because I had a lot two weeks ago," Kendall said. "And I have zero now."
There's good reason for his recent patience.
"I have to continue to do this the right way if I'm going to continue to play -- not just play one week and end my career," Kendall said. "Because I understand it was as major as major can get. Is it frustrating? Absolutely, but I also know what I have to do to play another four years."
Taking stock of Hosmer's debut
KANSAS CITY -- Odds and ends on Eric Hosmer's debut on Friday night:
Hosmer was the first national finalist in the Pitch, Hit & Run contest to reach the Major Leagues. He competed in 1998 at the All-Star Game at Denver.
Major League Baseball authenticators were on "high alert" to document: His game-worn uniform, Royals lineup card, all three bases after they come off the field, his bat and other items. They did the same type of thing for pitcher Stephen Strasburg's debut with Washington.
Hosmer is the fourth youngest player in the Majors and the second youngest in the American League. The Cubs' Starlin Castro is the youngest, born on March 24, 1990. Hosmer was born Oct. 24, 1989.
He stepped into the batter's box for the first time at 7:34 p.m. CT, smoothed the dirt and took a practice swing. Gio Gonzalez's first pitch was a 96-mph fastball called ball one.
The attendance for his debut was 30,690, third largest of the season for the Royals. The game was their shortest (2:22) of nine innings this year.
Royals will salute former Kansas City A's
KANSAS CITY -- There might be some tales spun on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Several former Kansas City Athletics, including loquacious Tommy Lasorda, are scheduled to attend a Salute to the Kansas City A's Night. The opponent in the 6:10 p.m. CT game is the current A's from Oakland, the city to which Charlie Finley fled with his team from KC after the 1967 season.
Other former players scheduled to attend are Don Buschhorn, Chuck Dobson, Bill Fischer, Alex George, Jay Hankins, Lew Krausse, Diego Segui, Rollie Sheldon and Dave Wickersham along with groundskeeper George Toma.
The first 20,000 fans will receive a red, white and blue retro cap featuring the KC logo used by the A's before moving to Oakland.
Fans also will have a chance to have their photo taken with a Missouri mule wearing the original blanket of Finley's famous mule mascot, Charlie O. That'll be behind the Rivals Sports Bar.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.