08/08/11 7:00 PM ET
Davies playing it safe with shoulder soreness
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
"It takes time," said Davies.
The right-hander said he doesn't know how long he'll be out. He missed 6 1/2 weeks with a similar problem earlier this year.
"I can't tell you. I'm not going to go out there and pitch hurt -- no reason to," he said. "I want to make sure I'm healthy and can help the team."
Crow encouraged by outing against Rays
ST. PETERSBURG -- If you think you've been seeing less of Royals All-Star reliever Aaron Crow since the Midsummer Classic at Phoenix, it's no illusion.
Crow has pitched just eight times since the All-Star Game and only three times in the last 13 games. There was a reason, manager Ned Yost revealed before Monday night's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Crow had not been "real sharp" and his arm had been bothering him a couple of times after the All-Star break.
"He sat out a year [before signing] and threw 160 innings [in 2010] and then was All-Star-like until the All-Star break," Yost said. "At the All-Star break he developed some shoulder tightness and stiffness and we sat him for a couple of days. He felt better and then he developed some forearm tightness and we sat him for a couple of days and he got better. And he feels great now."
True enough. Crow returned to action in the eighth on Monday night and pitched a scoreless inning despite issuing two walks after the first out, preserving a 1-1 tie.
"Today's the best my arm's felt in like six weeks," Crow said. "My velocity was down and I wasn't sharp, but today was the best it's felt since before the All-Star break."
The two walks, he felt, were the result of exuberance over the rediscovered pitching prowess.
"I think I was so pumped up that my arm was finally back to normal," he said, "I was trying so hard and letting it go and yanking my front side too early. I just need to calm down and let my arm work the way it was at the beginning of the year."
Crow explained that his problems in his right shoulder and behind his elbow -- rather than in the forearm as Yost described it -- did not involve much discomfort.
"There was no real pain, it was just kind of dead," Crow said.
Crow has been charged with just one run since the All-Star break and his overall ERA is 1.89, but his fastball velocity has been down and his command has been off with six walks in nine innings.
"Hopefully it's done for the year and back to the way it was the first month of the season." Crow said.
Yost certainly saw a difference in his rookie reliever.
"His stuff was much better today," Yost said. "Command is still off a little bit, but his fastball was really, really good and his slider was good and sharp. He made big pitches when he needed to."
Hosmer expecting cheering section in Florida
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer, playing in the Majors for the first time in his native Florida, was expecting his own cheering section in Monday night's game against the Rays.
"Forty-something people, way too many people," he said, grinning.
They might not all arrive for the first game of the series, but they'll be filtering in throughout the four games at Tropicana Field. It's a long trek, about 4 1/2 hours, across Alligator Alley from Plantation, Fla., near Fort Lauderdale.
"Family -- my mom's got eight brothers and sisters on her side, so all their families. Friends from high school, coaches -- everybody in one spot," Hosmer said, laughing.
Will they be heard?
"Yeah, absolutely," Hosmer said. "You'll hear 'em nice and clear out there, that's for sure."
Hosmer didn't make his friends and family wait long for a reason to cheer. His RBI single in the first inning Monday night accounted for the Royals' lone run in a 2-1 loss.
Melky returns to Royals' lineup in center field
ST. PETERSBURG -- Melky Cabrera was back in center field and batting second for the Royals in Monday night's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.
His left ankle was much better, Cabrera said, as he demonstrated on Sunday when, left out of the starting lineup, he played the ninth inning in place of ejected left fielder Alex Gordon and ran down two fly balls. He also showed he was healthier during early batting practice on Monday at Tropicana Field.
"He went out in early BP today and did all his agility drills and did running and he's fine," manager Ned Yost said.
Yost pointed out to umpire Rob Drake on Sunday that his ejection of Gordon for flipping a bat left the Royals without a healthy outfielder, but said the ump wasn't very sympathetic. In fact, he also ejected Yost.
On Monday, infielder Chris Getz was in the outfield practicing throws so he'd be ready just in case he was needed for emergency outfield duty. He played left field in 15 games for Triple-A Charlotte in 2008 and says he can track fly balls just fine.
Treanor remains sidelined after concussion
ST. PETERSBURG -- It might be a few more days before catcher Matt Treanor is cleared to return to the Royals' lineup after suffering a concussion on July 30 at Cleveland.
"It's not up to us," manager Ned Yost said. "MLB has a very strict standard on [its] testing. They've got 10 different criteria that you have to pass and, four or five days ago, he flunked eight of the 10. He came back yesterday and only flunked two of the 10. Until you get 10 for 10, they're not going to OK you for any type of playing."
Treanor remains on the concussion disabled list past the seven-day minimum stay, and Yost believes it'll be another five days before he is tested again.
"I'm trying to find out exactly what the criteria is, so I know what to study for," Treanor said with a sly grin. "I thought I did really good on the test to be honest with you, but I guess one portion of the test didn't look good."
Treanor, 35, is eager to get back on the field.
"I need to play games in order to get a job next year," he said.
Registration open for Royals 5K Run/Walk
ST. PETERSBURG -- Registration is open for the third annual Royals 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. CT on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Kauffman Stadium.
The event benefits Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City, an organization dedicated to improving the lives and mobility of physically and mentally challenged children and Royals Charities.
Registration and more information is available online at www.royals.com/run, and the USATF certified event will be limited to 3,500 participants.
The fee is $30 through Aug. 22, and increases to $35 from Aug. 23-25, when the online registration closes.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.