02/15/2013 7:35 PM ET
Fans will have to wait for new hurlers' spring debuts
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals fans will have to wait a while before they see their new starting pitchers in Cactus League games.
Manager Ned Yost said left-hander Will Smith and right-handers Guillermo Moscoso and Luis Mendoza will be the starting pitchers, in that order, in the first three games -- all against the Texas Rangers.
"But we will not have [James] Shields, [Wade] Davis, [Ervin] Santana, [Jeremy] Guthrie throwing those, because with the length of Spring Training, our starters won't pitch in the first four or five games," Yost said. "The first one, I think, would be like Wade Davis on the fifth day. And then we start incorporating them in. The first five or six days we're going to go with our younger guys in these games."
Yost plans to have intrasquad games next Tuesday and Wednesday and a regular workout on Thursday, followed by Friday's Cactus League opener.
"It's cool to start off Spring Training and be the first guy to throw," Smith said. "But it's just a normal game. Just like if I was throwing the seventh game of Spring Training. So just get my two innings of work in, try to locate the ball down like I've been working on the whole offseason and get things rolling."
Smith, who started 16 games for the Royals as a rookie last year (6-9, 5.32 ERA), is among several pitchers vying for the fifth spot in the rotation.
"There's a lot of competition, but I think it helps everybody out," Smith said. "Whether you're a starter or in the bullpen, if you can help your team win, then you're doing the job. But having all these guys in here that are starters, it brings everybody up a notch because you want to be that much better. It raises everybody's game."
Escobar, Tejada will report late to camp
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Infielder Miguel Tejada joined shortstop Alcides Escobar as a no-show for the Royals' first full-squad workout on Friday.
Like Escobar, Tejada was excused by manager Ned Yost after calling from the Dominican Republic.
"He's at home. He was at the airport yesterday, throwing up, diarrhea. He said, 'I can't get on the plane doing this,' " Yost said.
Escobar called earlier in the week, explaining that he couldn't obtain a visa for his wife in Venezuela because the office was closed until Friday due to Carnival.
Tejada was on the Dominican team that played in the recent Caribbean Series in Mexico. He also played 63 games this winter for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican and hit .269 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs.
"He's played winter ball and only had five or six days off. We told him to go home, see if you can come Saturday. He was sick," Yost said. "It's not an issue. He's not going to be behind."
Escobar is also expected to arrive on Saturday. He played in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .340 with eight extra-base hits and 16 RBIs for Cardenales de Lara.
Everyone else on the 62-player training roster was in camp on Friday.
Teaford dealing with shoulder soreness
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Inevitably, the first injury glitch of the Royals' camp has made its appearance.
Left-hander Everett Teaford has a sore shoulder, manager Ned Yost reported on Friday.
"Teaford has a little shoulder soreness, so we've backed him off a little bit. Nothing serious. We've backed him out of throwing for two or three days, then put him back in the program," Yost said.
Teaford threw batting practice two days ago, but was scratched from doing it again on Friday. He's a candidate for a starting or bullpen role. Last year in 18 games for the Royals, he was 1-4 with a 4.99 ERA.
Seven agree to terms on Friday
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Seven players have agreed to 2013 contract terms with the Royals, topped by pitcher Everett Teaford's $507,250 salary and outfielder Jarrod Dyson's $506,000 deal.
The others are pitcher Nate Adcock ($500,450), infielder Irving Falu ($492,025), and pitchers Chris Dwyer, Justin Marks and Donnie Joseph, all for the $490,000 minimum. The full salaries are paid if they are with the Major League club for the entire season.
There are still 17 unsigned players on the 40-man roster: Right-handers Aaron Crow, Louis Coleman, Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Luis Mendoza and Guillermo Moscoso; left-handed pitchers Francisley Bueno, Tim Collins, Danny Duffy, John Lamb and Will Smith; infielders Johnny Giavotella, Eric Hosmer, Elliot Johnson and Mike Moustakas, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and David Lough.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.