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04/12/08 7:21 PM ET
DeJesus making steady progress
Veteran says ankle is feeling better; Hudson continues rehab
By Alan Eskew / Special to MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- David DeJesus insists his sprained left ankle is getting better with each passing day, but it is still not deemed healthy enough to get the veteran back in the Royals lineup. DeJesus initially injured his ankle on March 24 in a Spring Training game against the Dodgers. After sitting out four games, he played in the exhibition finale and homered at Milwaukee. DeJesus started in center in the season opener at Detroit, but after one at-bat and two innings, he was replaced by Joey Gathright when he aggravated the ankle sprain. He has not played since, missing 10 straight games. "We've still got him listed as day-to-day," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "I think he's getting much better. These are unfortunate [weather] conditions outside to be able to test an ankle the way we would like to. We don't have the ability to throw down bases in the cage and run the bases and make the turns. "He said it felt pretty good in the infield yesterday, so that's a good sign for me especially with the frigid conditions outside. We had a talk today and David said from a confidence standpoint he's confident it is getting much better. An injury like that crept up in Spring Training and happened again on Opening Day, you want to make sure you don't go backwards again." Gil Meche, who was struck in the left hamstring by a Brendan Harris liner, received treatment early in the trainer's room. "He's moving around OK," Hillman said. "I haven't talked to him since his treatment. He was walking normal. Obviously, walking is not going through the pitching motions and fielding ground balls and running, but I think today is a day of treatment and cardio inside on the bike and [we'll] go from there." Hillman said he has not talked to Luke Hudson since the Royals returned home, but planned on calling him next week. Hudson had shoulder surgery last year and is rehabbing at the Royals complex in Surprise, Ariz. He said the last time he talked to Hudson he was throwing 75 feet off of flat ground.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.