SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Jason Bourgeois played the last two innings at second base for the Royals on Saturday. But he had no fielding chances."I got to see him stand out there," manager Ned Yost said wryly. "But he looked good standing." Bourgeois, obtained from the Astros in a trade, has the ability to play second base and has done so in practice. "He looks fine out there," Yost said. "He's a little long in turning two, but he's an outfielder, and his hands work and his feet work, so he can be a serviceable utility guy in that fashion." The Royals have two backup outfielders in Bourgeois and Mitch Maier but just one backup infielder in Yuniesky Betancourt, so Bourgeois' versatility could be an asset. Bourgeois has also played third base.
Duffy is eager to get season under way
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy's Spring Training is almost over, and he's ready to start the season."It's time to go," he said. "It's there. I feel it." Despite giving up six runs on seven hits, a walk, a hit batter and an error in Saturday's 10-3 loss to a Diamondbacks split squad, Duffy felt as if he threw the ball "pretty well." Duffy's Cactus League ERA is a chunky 8.31, but he noted that he's been refining his approach in the practice games. "I learned a lot, and I'm working on a lot. It's there," he said. "I'm a lot better than a lot of people think I am. I'm very confident going forward. Everybody will see." Duffy, the Royals' No. 5 starter, is expected to have his final tuneup in relief of Luis Mendoza when the Royals play the Padres in the Cactus League finale on Wednesday at Lake Elsinore, Calif. Then he'll pitch the fifth game of the season on April 10 at Oakland. "I take a lot of pride in what I do. Just as much pride right now as I do in the season, but a lot of people are very results-based," he said. "I'm looking at where I'm locating and where I'm missing, and I missed a few times today, as we all do." Manager Ned Yost acknowledged that Duffy "threw OK" but said he's still having problems locating his pitches. "He's still inconsistent with his command, both in and out of the zone. In the zone, he's getting pitches up out over the middle of the plate, which are hammerable pitches," Yost said. "At the big league level, you can still throw 96, 97 mph, and they're going to get hit if they're not in a good location." In four games, Duffy has given up 21 hits in 13 innings and opponents are hitting .368 against him. He hasn't been consistent. "This isn't something that's going to surprise us," Yost said. "We knew all along that there'll be days when Danny Duffy is going to be unhittable, and there are going to be days when he's going to struggle. We've got to get through those days so we can get to the point where he can step on the mound and consistently compete at the Major League level. His stuff is above average in all categories, his command is below average for Major League standards, but we have to work through that."
Hosmer running away with spring RBI lead
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Eric Hosmer got his 29th RBI in 25 spring games for the Royals in Saturday's 10-3 loss to the D-backs, and that led the Major Leagues by 10 after Saturday afternoon's games.Manager Ned Yost said that Spring Training statistics don't mean much to him. "I feel like every time he comes up with a runner on, he's going to drive him in. That's what's important to me," Yost said. Hosmer has a .425 (31-for-73) average with five homers and eight doubles. "I think he's going to be a special player for us in the years to come," 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.