06/13/12 1:37 AM ET
Quintero apologizes to Chen, fans after gesture
By Dick Kaegel and Vinnie Duber / MLB.com
It was the aftermath of Quintero making a "slanted eyes" gesture behind Chen, who is of Chinese descent, as the pitcher was being interviewed in the dugout by Fox TV's announcers during an Interleague game against the Pirates. The incident caused a backlash of indignation on Twitter and in the media.
Quintero apologized for the gesture in the clubhouse before the Royals' game against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
"I apologize to the fans and people who were offended from the bottom of my heart," Quintero said. "I really feel bad because people were offended. Me and Chen are good friends and we were joking around."
Quintero, from Venezuela, and Chen, from Panama, are Spanish-speaking friends. Chen's grandparents came from China to Panama during the building of the Panama Canal.
"I'm not actually offended at all," Chen said. "I'm proud of my heritage, being Asian, and I like the way my eyes look. I think it's a very good look for me ... it makes me look sexy."
Quintero said he apologized to Chen before Sunday's game.
"The next day I apologized to him and asked him if he was offended and he said no, but that he thought people, our fans and stuff, got offended," Quintero said. "I really apologize for what I did from the bottom of my heart and I don't want to do it again."
Sanchez to come off DL, start Wednesday
KANSAS CITY -- Jonathan Sanchez will be activated from the disabled list and make the start Wednesday against the Brewers. The move pushes Wednesday's originally scheduled starter, Luke Hochevar, back to Thursday.
Sanchez hasn't made a start for Kansas City since May 7. He was placed on the disabled list on May 9 with left bicep tendonitis.
Sanchez has struggled so far this season. In six starts, he has a 1-2 record with a 6.75 ERA. He has walked 22 batters and struck out just 18. His last start was his roughest of the year, as he lasted just three innings and allowed six runs.
His just-completed rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha didn't go too well, either. He went 1-1 in three starts. In 13 1/3 innings pitched, he surrendered 10 runs on 14 hits, including five home runs.
A corresponding roster move will be made Wednesday.
Getz in Royals' lineup; Giavotella to Omaha
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals got a boost Tuesday when second baseman Chris Getz was activated from the disabled list ahead of the series-opener with the Milwaukee Brewers.
To make room for Getz, the Royals optioned second baseman Johnny Giavotella back to Triple-A Omaha. Giavotella hit .217 over 21 games.
Getz was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 22 with a left ribcage contusion. After being activated Tuesday, he was in the Royals' starting lineup, playing second base and batting second.
"I feel healthy, ready to go, ready to help the team," Getz said. "Just to get back into a big league ballgame, really. There's nothing like it. I'm looking forward because I know it's going to be fun."
Getz hit .421 (8-for-19) in five rehab games with Omaha. Manager Ned Yost said Getz's return provides the Royals with several positives and solidifies the platoon at second base with Yuniesky Betancourt.
"It improves our defense a little bit. He's a guy that's a bit of a table-setter for us. He's been swinging the bat really well, very solid defender at second base," Yost said. "It gives us the opportunity of having [Betancourt]'s bat on the bench if we need it and used in a platoon situation. With the combination of both those guys, we feel like we're covered all the way around on the infield."
Cain back in KC working on rehab
KANSAS CITY -- Lorenzo Cain said some of his teammates thought they had seen a ghost.
It was no ghost. It was Cain, who is back in Kansas City for a few days working on rehabbing from his left hip flexor injury. Cain's been on the disabled list since April 11. Originally it was a groin injury, but during a rehab assignment, he aggravated his hip flexor.
It looks like Cain's long stay away could be coming to a close soon. According to the banged-up outfielder, he's feeling better and he could be heading to another rehab assignment by next week.
"My leg is definitely feeling 10 times better than about two months ago," Cain said. "I've been running, sprinting on the field lately. I should be back very soon. I should be heading somewhere to play -- Double-A, Triple-A, wherever they want me -- very soon. I'm feeling very confident right now, just working to get back in the groove of things."
Manager Ned Yost said Cain will continue rehabbing through Sunday before a decision is made on where he will be going.
Yost also spoke on the recovery of injured catcher Salvador Perez, who has been on the disabled list since March with a torn meniscus. Perez has been hitting well during his rehab stint with Triple-A Omaha, posting a .444 batting average through six games with the Storm Chasers.
"We're getting closer," Yost said. "The thing that we've got to remember is that there is a timetable for these injuries, and we've got to make sure that we get through that time to make sure that there's no repercussions. He's doing very well right now. The natural instinct is to push it, but we can't do that. We've got to make sure that he's darn good and ready when he gets here so that we don't have any problems after he gets here. ... I imagine that within the next couple weeks, we'll see him up here."
Additionally, pitcher Everett Teaford, who was on the DL with an abdominal strain, completed his rehab assignment in Omaha and was optioned to the Storm Chasers on Tuesday.
High-A pitchers named to Minors All-Star team
KANSAS CITY -- A pair of pitchers from the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks were named to the Carolina League All-Star team.
Sugar Ray Marimon and Yordano Ventura were given the honor, the Royals announced on Monday.
Marimon is 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 13 games for the Blue Rocks. He's struck out 54 batters while walking just 16, and opponents are hitting just .192 off the right-hander. This is Marimon's second-straight All-Star appearance after being named a Midwest League All-Star last season while pitching for Low-A Kane County.
Ventura is 3-5 in 12 starts for the Blue Rocks. He's posted a 3.21 ERA and struck out 70 batters in 56 innings.
Speaking of Kane County, the Cougars boast their own ranks of All-Stars this season. Two-thirds of the Western Division's starting All-Star outfield will be made up of Royals' farm hands. Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio will both start on their home field when the Cougars host the Midwest League All-Star Game on June 19.
Adams was hitting .301 entering play Tuesday, with 13 doubles and 42 RBIs. He'd also swiped 11 bases this season. Bonifacio was batting .300 with 27 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
In addition to the outfielders, pitcher Matt Ridings is also on the All-Star roster. Ridings replaced teammate Nick Graffeo after Graffeo was promoted to Wilmington.
The Kane County coaching staff, including manager Brian Buchanan, will be the field staff for the Western Division team, as well.
Royals ink five more Draft picks to deals
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have signed five more draft picks, bringing the total up to 25.
Since Saturday, the Royals have announced the signings of pitcher right-handed Alec Mills (22nd round), right-handed pitcher Kevin Allen (23rd round), first baseman Mark Donato (26th round), right-handed pitcher Ashton Goudeau (27th round) and outfielder Ethan Chapman (30th round).
Also, with the Stanford Cardinal being eliminated from the NCAA tournament, the Royals are free to negotiate with their fourth-round pick, shortstop Kenny Diekroeger.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.