KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Bruce Chen, the Royals' top winner (4-1), took his first step toward rejoining the rotation with a two-inning injury rehabilitation outing on Wednesday night.
Chen pitched two innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, giving up four earned runs on five hits in the first game of a doubleheader against Arkansas at Little Rock. He walked none and struck out two, tossing 45 pitches (29 strikes) against the Angels' farm club.
Right-hander Kyle Davies, also on the disabled list, started the second game and pitched two-plus innings. He also gave up four runs, but just two were earned, on five hits. He walked none and struck out three, using 58 pitches (38 strikes).
Royals manager Ned Yost expects Chen and Davies to each make one more start in the Minors and throw 60 to 70 pitches.
"Then they'll be ready to go 80 to 90 and I can take that at the big league level. If I can take them to 80 pitches, I'd rather have them pitching here than another rehab start," Yost said. "This whole mess started with both of those guys going down and I want to get them back in."
Betemit returns to lineup against Jays
KANSAS CITY -- Third baseman Wilson Betemit was back in the Royals' lineup on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays after sitting out three of the previous four games.
No injury or anything like that.
"I'm trying to give him days here and there, especially when it's hot, so we don't beat him down like last year," manager Ned Yost said. "I would love to play him every single day but I just don't want to take the chance of wearing him out in June or July."
The switch-hitting Betemit has batted .297 with 23 RBIs in 46 games, being especially potent from the left side (.313).
Called up from Triple-A Omaha last year in late May, Betemit hit well and when Alberto Callaspo was traded in late July, he became the everyday third baseman. However, his batting average, at .346 in his first 52 games, dropped to .233 over his last 32 games. That led Yost to determine that Betemit plays best when given occasional breaks.
That was the reason for his latest time off.
"He started looking a bit tired to me," Yost said. "I'm trying to keep him as strong as I can keep him because he's a valuable guy to have on your team."
Betemit has started 41 games at third base this season with Mike Aviles starting the other 21. Aviles, who also has had 17 starts at second base, is struggling with a .217 average and a team-high eight errors.
There's still nothing definitive on the projected arrival of third baseman Mike Moustakas from Omaha.
"He's getting close," Yost said.
Dyson making noise on Draft anniversary
KANSAS CITY -- On the day the Royals made their 50th and final choice in the First-Year Player Draft, Jarrod Dyson was flashing some interesting statistics for Triple-A Omaha.
Dyson was the Royals' 50th pick in the 2006 Draft and he spent the first seven weeks of the season with Kansas City as a pinch-running specialist before being optioned to Omaha. For the Storm Chasers, he went 2-for-17, but boosted his average to .316 in his first 19 games with a .416 on-base percentage. He also scored 21 runs and swiped 12 bases in 13 tries.
"He just needed to play, see some pitches," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Few 50th-round choices make it to the Majors. This year, Dyson became the first No. 50 pick to appear in a Major League Opening Day game since the Draft was limited to 50 rounds in 1998.
"He's made the most out of his opportunity and ability," Yost said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.