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03/29/12 9:15 PM ET

Paulino: Forearm tightness hurt consistency

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Felipe Paulino says that recurring tightness in his forearm near the elbow kept him from being a consistent pitcher in Spring Training.

"What I did in Spring Training -- that's not me," Paulino said. "Some days my elbow felt good, some days it felt bad. So I want to be ready to go every five days and put everything into the game. The best thing for me and the team, right now, is to give my elbow a chance to heal."

The Royals put Paulino on the 15-day disabled list, a move that meant Luis Mendoza and Danny Duffy got the last two spots in the five-man pitching rotation.

Paulino experienced some tightness in the area last season, and once skipped a start because of it.

"Last year, I just had tight muscles, no big deal. In this case, it was sore with tightness at the same time," Paulino said. "That's why they put me on the DL -- because we're almost done with Spring Training. If I'm shut down for four or five days and let it heal real well, I think it'll be about 10 days before I can pitch again."

Once Paulino is cleared to pitch, he's likely to have a rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues.

Teaford defends pitching inside to Bourjos

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Do we have something sizzling that might carry into the opening series of the season?

The Angels, who open the season against the Royals on April 6 at Anaheim, were mightily miffed after Kansas City left-hander Everett Teaford followed three consecutive home runs by hitting Peter Bourjos with his next high-and-inside pitch.

Bourjos and Angels manager Mike Scioscia both shouted at Teaford, and a bit later Scioscia delivered a spirited speech to plate umpire Dana DeMuth.

"I don't think any of us liked that. Our guy was getting knocked around in the first inning, and we didn't throw at anybody," Scioscia said. "You try to make better pitches. It was something that was uncalled for."

After the barrage of homers by Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger, Teaford said he was trying to move Bourjos back off the plate.

"He's on top of the plate to begin with, and I felt like he kind of actually leaned into it some and it went straight back to the backstop. So it wasn't like I actually squared him up in the back. So hey, I'm the guy with the ball, and I've got to protect my area," Teaford said.

Royals manager Ned Yost had no quarrel with Scioscia's anger.

"First of all, Teaford was trying to bust the guy up and in. He'd been going hard, hard, hard and got it too far in," Yost said. "Second of all, if I'm managing and I've got guys on my team that hit back-to-back-to-back home runs and the next player gets hit on the first pitch, I'm going to get upset, too. I understand it. It wasn't intentional by any stretch of the imagination, but I understand how you'd get upset. I'd be upset, too."

Teaford said there was nothing premeditated.

"Did I want to come in? Sure. But was there any complete malicious intent? No," Teaford said. "But I'm going to protect my spot."

Teaford was trying to secure a spot in the Royals' bullpen in his outing, and was asked about possibly facing the angry Angels next weekend.

"They probably want to see me after [I made them] as mad as I made 'em," Teaford said. "But I want to see 'em again. I don't want to see whoever Omaha is playing that weekend."

Hosmer mastering Cactus League

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Let's see. Eric Hosmer has 28 hits, five home runs, a .418 average and a Major League-leading 26 RBIs. That's in the Cactus League.

Maybe he should be saving some of that for the American League.

"I've got more in the tank, don't worry about that," Hosmer said with a chuckle.

Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in the Royals' 11-8 loss to the Angels on Thursday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

"It's good to get out here and hit a couple, and get confidence and get rolling before the first week. It's just all about getting good looks, seeing the ball and getting your timing down. We've got another week to prepare, so we'll see what happens Opening Day," Hosmer said.

The Royals have a .301 team batting average, and the home runs on Thursday by Hosmer, Jeff Francoeur and Yuniesky Betancourt gave them 28 in 27 Spring Training games. Of course, it's Arizona and the light air and all that stuff, but ...

"That's good momentum for us going into the season," Hosmer said. "Hopefully, we finish strong here in Spring Training and take this momentum into LA and Oakland for the first road trip of the year."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.