08/12/10 9:42 PM ET
Hochevar leads injured crew making progress
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
"They all feel great, they're all champing at the bit, ready to go," manager Ned Yost said.
While the Royals were on the West Coast, Hochevar (right elbow sprain) got back on the mound. He's hoping for a couple of Minor League rehab appearances later in the month, with a return to the Majors quickly following.
"It feels great," Hochevar said. "It really does feel good. Everything is coming along great. I'm throwing free and easy."
Meche (right shoulder bursitis) decided against surgery and is aiming to return in a bullpen role.
"Meche threw today and I thought he looked good last time but he looked twice as good this time," Yost said. "He had a real hard, tight breaking ball, nice cutter, good fastball. Command was off a little bit but he threw really well so he's getting closer."
Bannister has no injury, but was moved to the bullpen to work on smoothing out mechanical flaws. He hasn't been used in a game and Yost considered bringing him back on Sunday against the Yankees, but reiterated on Thursday that Bryan Bullington was in line to make that start.
Tejeda (right biceps tendon strain) is just two days away from possible reinstatement from the disabled list.
Blanco removed from game with dizzy spells
KANSAS CITY -- Royals center fielder Gregor Blanco left Thursday night's game against the Yankees after four innings because of heat exhaustion and dehydration. He was suffering from dizzy spells and was put on an IV.
Game time temperature was 94 degrees with a heat index of 106. The Royals reported Blanco was expected to be ready for Friday night's game.
Blanco had just rejoined the club after missing two games at Anaheim to be with his wife in Atlanta for their son's birth.
Mitch Maier moved from right field to center, Willie Bloomquist moved from third base to right and Wilson Betemit entered the game at third.
Royals to commemorate '80 pennant winners
KANSAS CITY -- There have been several occasions this season that have marked the 25th anniversary of the Royals' only World Series championship in 1985. But, hey, what about that first World Series appearance in 1980?
That will be rectified on Saturday night with a pregame ceremony before the Royals' 6:10 p.m. CT game against New York at Kauffman Stadium.
The 30th anniversary celebration will honor members of the 1980 American League pennant winners, including Willie Aikens, George Brett, Dennis Leonard, John Wathan and Willie Wilson. Frank White, now a Royals broadcaster, was the MVP of the AL Championship series after going 6-for-11, .545, with three RBIs and a home run.
"That was great," White said. "It was great drinking champagne out of the MVP cup."
During Saturday night's game, just so the Yankees are entertained along with the fans, video highlights will be shown of the Royals' victory in the three-game ALCS sweep over the Bronx Bombers. Fans will surely enjoy the sight of Brett's climactic three-run homer off Goose Gossage accompanied by a view of a silent but historic Yankee Stadium.
After losing three straight playoff series to the Yankees from 1976-78, the Royals finally did it.
"That might have cost us the Series," White said, "because when we swept the Yankees, everybody kept saying, 'Well, that's our World Series,' and everything like that. I really thought we should have won the World Series."
But the Royals lost in six games to the Philadelphia Phillies. Even so, beating the Yankees and being in the World Series for the first time was huge in Kansas City.
"We had a big parade," White recalled.
Key moments of the Yankees series will be commemorated in a coaster set that will go to the first 20,000 fans through the gates on Saturday night.
DeJesus remains hopeful about return in '10
KANSAS CITY -- Left fielder David DeJesus, out with a thumb injury, had surgery and missed the Royals' West Coast trip and really hasn't been around much.
"It's like I got hurt and there are a few guys gone. It's like a whole different team," DeJesus said in the clubhouse on Thursday afternoon. "I came back here the Sunday before the road trip and said, 'Dang, where'd all the guys I used to know go?'"
DeJesus banged his right thumb into the Yankee Stadium wall on July 22. That day, the Royals traded Alberto Callaspo and later dealt Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth, optioned Victor Marte and designated Jose Guillen. And, of course, a lot of new guys took their place.
"We have a lot of youth in here and we'll see what happens," DeJesus said.
When DeJesus underwent surgery on July 26, it was widely assumed that he'd be finished for the season. DeJesus isn't sure.
"It just depends on how it feels," DeJesus said. "I would like to go into the offseason knowing that it's 100 percent. Whether it's if I'm playing or not playing, I'm just going to let this thing heal. But I can't say either way right now."
At best, DeJesus might be able to play in the last days of the season, but he'd have to do it without playing in a rehab situation because the Minor Leagues will be finished by then.
"I would love to play again, but I'm not going to force it," he said.
Moustakas sitting out with minor foot injury
KANSAS CITY -- Third-base prospect Mike Moustakas has not played for Triple-A Omaha since Sunday because of a minor foot injury.
"He fouled a ball off his foot and it's bruised so we gave him a couple days off," said Scott Sharp, director of Minor League operations. "We had X-rays and they were negative."
Moustakas was injured Sunday in the same at-bat that culminated in his game-winning single to beat Tacoma, 4-3, in the 12th inning. He missed the rest of the four-game series and Omaha was off on Thursday.
Since being promoted to Omaha, Moustakas has hit .248 in 27 games with six doubles, five homers and 16 RBIs.
Sixth annual BTS drive to be held at The K
KANSAS CITY -- The sixth annual Royals Back to School drive will be held on Friday and Saturday prior to the games against the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals Wives will collect new school supplies for disadvantaged children in the community outside the Diamond Club and in the Outfield Experience. They also will raise funds to purchase supplies through the sale of mystery bags and autographed player cards at those locations from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CT on Friday and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The drive will benefit students of the T.A. Edison School in Kansas City, Kan.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.