05/12/10 1:09 AM ET
Parrish still not ready to pitch
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
However, the report was the inflammation was reduced and he's been free and easy in his throwing program. No estimate, though, on when he might return.
Center fielder Rick Ankiel's right quad strain was reported improving and the Royals are hopeful he can return when he's eligible next Tuesday.
Frusturation leads to Hillman ejection
KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Trey Hillman got ejected for arguing a call that he admitted he was wrong about.
Hillman trotted out to engage third-base umpire Jim Reynolds with one out in the seventh inning of the Indians' 8-2 victory on Tuesday night. Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo had just pulled off a double steal. But Hillman had the idea that Sizemore had been thrown out at third base by catcher Jason Kendall.
"Jim got it right, I got it wrong," Hillman said. "I thought the ball beat him. ... Jim got the call right and I missed it."
Replays showed that Sizemore slid past third baseman Alberto Callaspo's tag and was safe. Hillman, however, argued long and hard, and finally Reynolds had enough and gave him his first ejection of the season and the eighth of his career.
Hillman admitted his exasperation over the Royals' six-game losing streak fueled his futile argument.
"I got a little agitated," Hillman said. "It's been frustrating."
He spent the rest of the evening watching the game on TV in the clubhouse. Bench coach John Gibbons took over the managerial job in the dugout.
Aviles to be in lineup most games
KANSAS CITY -- Whether it's at second base or shortstop, figure on Mike Aviles being in the Royals' lineup almost daily.
"He's earned the right to stay in there. He's a good defender and he's swung the bat as well as anybody has the last four or five days," manager Trey Hillman said. "If Mike keeps hitting, he'll keep playing somewhere, and we'll continue to monitor the other pieces."
Against the Indians on Tuesday night, Aviles was at second base in place of Chris Getz, who was hitting just .174 (4-for-23) since coming off the disabled list on April 30. Aviles, who joined the Royals on May 3 at Chicago, was 10-for-23, a .435 average, with two homers on the trip.
And he kept hitting in the Royals' 8-2 loss to the Indians with a double and a single in four at-bats.
Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, after going 0-for-14 in the first four games of the trip at Tampa Bay, was 6-for-19, a .316 average, in the last six games he played.
"For me right now, because of Yuni's production and his coverage and the way he's played defense, [Aviles] is a better fit at second," Hillman said.
Tejeda now living in the strike zone
KANSAS CITY -- After being one of the worst offenders in the Royals' base-on-balls giveaway this season, right-handed reliever Robinson Tejeda has become a model citizen.
Tejeda issued 11 walks over his first 8 1/3 innings in 10 games and had a 12.96 ERA. Prior to Tuesday night's game, he had walked just two in 11 innings over six outings while not allowing an earned run in that span.
Basically, according to manager Trey Hillman, Tejeda has gone back to clicking with the speeded-up delivery that pitching coach Bob McClure has urged him to use since he joined the club in mid-2008.
"He got to a better arm slot consistently," Hillman said. "That allowed him to get to a better downhill plane, because his arm was quicker, and it allowed him to keep the ball down. Because most of the time when he was throwing balls, it was up and out of the zone. He wasn't bouncing it."
Hillman, of course, has been preaching the evils of the base on balls because his team had given out the second-most in the American League at 139.
The bullpen has been getting better at avoiding walks and he attributes that to one workout change.
"We've made adjustments with all the bullpen guys," Hillman said. "They all are throwing off the mound as of this road trip. There's no flat-ground work anymore. It's all using the incline of the mound."
Grudzielanek glad to be back in Majors
KANSAS CITY -- Mark Grudzielanek, who won a Gold Glove in 2006, one of the three years he spent as the Royals' second baseman, was back in town and in the Indians' lineup on Tuesday night.
Grudzielanek missed the 2009 season after ending his last year with the Royals on the shelf with an ankle injury. He turned down a couple of offers for 2009, then the offers stopped coming and so he stayed home with his wife, Danielle, and sons Bryce and Brody.
"It was awesome being around them, no question about it," Grudzielanek said. "Family is obviously first and most important in my life."
There was a brief midseason trial in the Minnesota organization, but that didn't work out. So it was back to doing the family things, golfing and a trip here and there. Then, last winter, Cleveland called.
"My whole season off was a good, enjoyable year with my family so it was a tough decision coming back," he said.
Yet, even at 39, Grudzielanek felt he had more to give to the game.
"I'm definitely not done," he said. "I still feel really good about everything. My body's held together very nicely. The one thing that year off did was I was able to heal up, I wasn't pounding my body as much."
So he came back this year.
"I have a chance to finish up and do something and end it in the right way and play something not many people can do," Grudzielanek said. "This is a privilege to be in uniform, no question about it. I'm happy to be here and be able to contribute again, and being around the younger guys makes me younger. It's a good feeling."
He has good memories of his time in Kansas City, where he averaged .300 over three years.
"Kansas City will always be close to home for me," he said. "Even when [Allard] Baird was [general manager] and when Dayton [Moore] came in, they were two people who really took care of me. The organization, the Glasses -- I can't say enough about everybody. I really enjoyed my three years here."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.