SAN DIEGO -- Closer Joakim Soria's elbow surgery went very well with no complications on Tuesday, the Royals reported.
Soria underwent Tommy John surgery by specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. This was the second reconstructive procedure on the closer's right elbow, but the medical team reported no issues because of the prior surgery.
His first surgery was in 2003 by Dr. Frank Jobe, the originator of the procedure in 1974.
In a recent interview with MLB.com's Paul Casella, Dr. Jobe was asked about having the procedure for a second time, not specifically in Soria's case, but in general.
"When you have to have it the second time, you do worry a little bit more, and there's a couple reasons for that. One, you might be someone whose connective tissue is not quite as quality as the other guys who have gotten it just once and it held up. The other thing is, he might have gone back to pitching too soon. You can't be sure, though," Jobe said.
"If you're going to do it a second time, you want to be sure that you're going to get some really good tissue to replace it this time around."
According to a Royals' spokesman, the medical team "couldn't have been more pleased" after Soria's surgery.
Soria, who has compiled 160 saves, 13 wins and a 2.40 ERA in five years with the Royals, will miss at least this season.
Sanchez has mixed results in start vs. Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez finished his preliminaries for Sunday's regular-season start against the Angels with mixed results. His breaking pitches were pretty good, his fastball not so good on Tuesday night against the Padres.
"I threw a lot of pitches and didn't have the command of my fastball. I had my breaking ball and my split that were working, I just couldn't get my fastball over the plate and was getting behind in the count, so I had to use my breaking balls," Sanchez said.
Sanchez gave up two runs on back-to-back homers by Chase Headley and Jesus Guzman in the third inning, and that was all the Padres needed for a 2-1 victory. Sanchez threw 59 pitches, 39 for strikes.
"Really good slider, his slider was real nasty tonight," manager Ned Yost said.
Betancourt a late scratch due to sore ankle
SAN DIEGO -- Yuniesky Betancourt was a late scratch from the Royals' lineup on Tuesday night because of a sore right ankle.
Betancourt was in the lineup at second base for the exhibition game against the Padres, but manager Ned Yost decided to keep him off the ankle with Opening Day coming up on Friday against the Angels at 9:05 p.m. CT at Anaheim.
Chris Getz, scheduled to play the last four innings against the Padres, with Betancourt moving to third base, instead started at second base.
Pena goes from interview to pinch-hit homer
SAN DIEGO -- Brayan Pena took an unusual path to hitting the pinch-hit homer that gave the Royals their only run against the Padres on Tuesday night.
He was under the stands in the batting cage getting ready after bench coach Chino Cadahia told him he'd probably bat for catcher Humberto Quintero. Then he got word that TV broadcaster Joel Goldberg wanted him for one of the in-game interviews he was doing from the edge of the Royals' dugout.
"Joel caught me, [and I was] in the middle of the Fox interview and I was jumping around just in case, and when he called my name, I had to leave the interview," Pena said.
Pena left Goldberg holding the microphone, strode to the plate and pounded a home run off reliever Joe Thatcher in the seventh inning. Perhaps it's that Goldberg good luck.
"Hopefully he can do that during the season," Pena said, grinning.
Holland escapes injury, makes play on liner
SAN DIEGO -- Royals reliever Greg Holland escaped injury when a wicked line drive by Cameron Maybin knocked the glove off his hand in the Padres' seventh inning on Tuesday night.
"It was hit so hard I didn't see where it hit," manager Ned Yost said.
Holland barely did.
"I saw a blur of it," he said.
The ball dropped to the ground along with the glove, and Holland picked up the ball with his right hand while he simultaneously retrieved his glove with his left hand. He then threw out Maybin to end the inning.
"I didn't want to leave my glove," he said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.