SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Talk about a scare for Royals fans. On consecutive plays in the fifth inning, both first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas hit the dirt and left Monday's game against the Giants.Uh-oh. But the two budding stars walked into the trainer's room together and walked out with good news. Hosmer was OK, and Moustakas had only a bruised knee. Hosmer hit the ground along the first-base line and snared Nate Schierholtz's grounder, rolled over onto his back and managed to get a toss to pitcher Jake Odorizzi, ending the Giants' fifth. But Hosmer stayed down for a few moments and looked as if he jammed his right shoulder. Moustakas led off the Royals' fifth, and the third pitch from Santiago Casilla drilled him in the right knee.
"It's just one of those things, part of the game to get hit," Moustakas said. "I was on the ground for a couple seconds, got up and was walking to first and Skip pulled me out. I was coming out anyway, so it just kind of worked out that way. ... It's a little sore, I got hit by a 94 [mph pitch] in the side of the knee."Hosmer's dazzling play was his second of the inning. He'd also snagged Emmanuel Burriss' grounder and tossed to Odorizzi for the second out. "Fantastic plays, both of them," manager Ned Yost said. "The second one, the ball hit the bag and how he was able to readjust and make the play." Hosmer was cleared to play on Tuesday, and Moustakas was listed as day to day. "It was kind of a good scare, but we're both OK," Moustakas said.
Yost puts little stock in Perez's spring numbers
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Catcher Salvador Perez's Spring Training started with a bang as he signed a long-term contract with the Royals. But things have been very quiet for him at bat so far. After going hitless in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Giants, he's 0-for-15.Which is just fine, according to manager Ned Yost. "I don't want him to get a bunch of hits," Yost said. "I want him to save 'em all for the season. So he's doing just what I want him to do." Hmmm. Should all the Royals do that? Yost hedged. "Mix in one now and then so you don't get all freaked out and the press don't ask me if I'm concerned about him all the time. So mix in one about once a week so, yeah, save all you can for the season," Yost said. "I get a little concerned when they're hitting a freakin' .600 during the spring." Someone pointed out that Billy Butler was pounding away, if not at .600, at a very healthy,.400. "Yeah, but Billy's a different story. Billy's going to hit if he's sleepin'," Yost said.
Yost not worried about Soria's results
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals closer Joakim Soria has had some iffy outings so far in intrasquad, Cactus League and "B" games, so manager Ned Yost was asked on Monday if he was concerned."No, not really," Yost said. "He's still getting in shape. It goes back to that veteran guy in Spring Training. You're going to see Bruce [Chen], [Jonathan] Sanchez, [Jonathan] Broxton, Jack [Soria] -- they go about it differently. They know what they need to do to be ready to pitch Opening Day. And that's what's important. They know how to get there. So, no, there are no concerns about him." Soria had his poorest season last year, finishing 28-for-35 in save opportunities with a 4.03 ERA. He and pitching Dave Eiland have been working on some minor adjustments in his delivery. Yost noted that experienced pitchers often look ineffective as they prepare for the season. "I've seen veteran guys in Spring Training and, 'Holy cow, this guy's not going to get a soul out this year,'" he said. "And then Opening Day comes along and there they are 15, 16, 18 wins at the end of the year. So they know what they're doing."
Triple-A Omaha receives championship rings
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Players and staff from Triple-A Omaha's 2011 team received rings in recognition of their Pacific Coast League championship on Monday in a ceremony next to Dick Howser Field at the Royals Spring Training complex.The rings were presented by Royals general manager Dayton Moore and Omaha general manager Martie Cordaro. "I truly believe that it's not one group that wins a championship," manager Mike Jirschele said. "It's everybody -- player development, scouting, the front office and, of course, the Glass family that puts out the money. None of us would be here without them." Omaha's Storm Chasers won despite losing nine players on their Opening Day roster to the parent Kansas City club during the season. Jirschele noted that the players sent down to Omaha from KC played well despite their disappointment at being demoted. "We were gifted with a club and all we had to do was guide them along the way," Jirschele said. Six players have received rings from being on championship clubs in the Royals system in three of the last four years: 2008 Burlington, Iowa; 2010 Northwest Arkansas and 2011 Omaha. According to the Royals, they are Ryan Eigsti, Johnny Giavotella, Mike Moustakas, Clint Robinson, Danny Duffy and Brandon Sisk. Jeff Suppan, the veteran right-hander who was with the Storm Chasers all last season, missed the ceremony. He was due to pitch on Monday for the San Diego Padres.
Dyson shows prowess in center field
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Wide-ranging Lorenzo Cain is expected to patrol center field for the Royals this season, but Jarrod Dyson showed he could cover some real estate out there as well on Monday.Twice Dyson raced near the wall to catch drives hit by the Giants' Brett Pill and Freddy Sanchez. "Try to run down a few balls, got a little conditioning in there," Dyson said. "Good thing I got to 'em and made the catch." Dyson also did some running on the bases, getting an infield single off pitcher Tim Lincecum's foot. Then he stole second, raced to third on catcher Eli Whiteside's throwing error and scored as Alcides Escobar delivered a grounder to the right side. Melky Cabrera, the center fielder the Royals traded to the Giants to get pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, did not play.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.