07/22/12 2:20 PM ET
Royals can't afford to give Cain bat break
Hot-hitting outfielder has proven valuable in middle of the lineup
By Vinnie Duber / MLB.com
Yost has routinely talked about how Cain, who is recovering from a pair of injuries to his left leg, has yet to reach 100 percent health. Yost has said Cain is around 85 percent, something with which Cain has agreed.
Though Yost had planned to give Cain a day off every once in a while, the center fielder's hot bat has made it impossible to take him out of the lineup.
"I would like to give him just a break, but he's swinging the bat too well right now," Yost said. "We need to win games, and we've got to put the best lineup in there right now. We're not afforded the luxury of giving guys a break because we're doing well. We have to put our best foot forward every day to try to win some games and get closer to that .500 mark."
Cain has been on a tear since returning from the DL after the All-Star break. His most recent feat was a three-RBI performance in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Twins. He was back in the middle of the lineup on Sunday, hitting fifth against Twins starter Sam Deduno.
Yost has been removing Cain from center field late in recent games, allowing Jarrod Dyson to take over on defense in the final innings. It's a move made to allow Cain to rest his legs.
Paulino spends quality recovery time with KC
KANSAS CITY -- Injured starting pitcher Felipe Paulino has a long road to travel before returning from Tommy John surgery, but his spirits were up as he was around his teammates on Sunday.
Paulino underwent ligament replacement surgery on July 3, and he said he has one more week until starting his rehab work. The right-hander has been working on cardio and core work in the time since his surgery.
"It's going to be long. I have to be patient with myself," Paulino said. "I know it's going to be long, but I'll try to go slow, like it's supposed to be and try to make it my goal to back next year by May."
Paulino said that Sunday was his first time being around his teammates in a while, saying that he normally comes in early before they arrive to the ballpark.
He joins fellow Tommy John rehabber Danny Duffy, who has recently been spending time with team. Manager Ned Yost said it's important to have the two around.
"It's good because they're both great guys. But it's good for them, too," Yost said. "Especially for Duffy to be here, watch games, learn from [pitching coach] Dave [Eiland] and watch how pitchers pitch. It's a learning experience for him, too. So it's good for both of them."
Royals gearing for first Social Media Night
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals will host their first Social Media Night when they take on the Indians Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Kauffman Stadium.
A special ticket offer is available for fans who follow the Royals on Twitter and Facebook. The package includes a game ticket, a concessions voucher, T-shirt and entry to a pregame social hour on the Budweiser Party Deck.
The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. CT and features a question and answer session with Royals pitcher Danny Duffy and Fox Sports broadcaster Joel Goldberg. Fan can submit questions to Duffy and Goldberg via Twitter by using the #SocialMediaNight hashtag.
Throughout the night, fans can win prizes, and the Royals will encourage the use of the #SocialMediaNIght hashtag. Fox Sports will also incorporate tweets and other activity into the broadcast of the game.
After spending his first 20 games this season in the Nos. 7, 8 and 9 spots in the Royals' batting order, catcher Salvador Perez moved into the five-hole for Saturday's game against the Twins. Perez, who went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk in the Royals' 7-3 win, batted sixth in Sunday's rubber game.
Since the July 2 international signing period began, the Royals have signed Junior Reyes, a pitcher out of Venezuela, for $155,000.
Sunday marked former Royals great Mike Sweeney's 39th birthday.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.