2/17/2013 5:30 P.M. ET
Cain misses BP due to minor injury
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was held out of batting practice on Sunday due to a minor injury to his right hand.
"He hurt it three or four days ago doing one-hand swings," manager Ned Yost said. "He had a little inflammation and when he took some swings, he felt it, so we held him out. It's nothing serious."
Cain is trying to avoid the injury bug, which limited him to only 61 games last season. His problems came in the form of three different leg injuries.
"He's worked diligently all winter long on his legs," Yost said. "He's worked with running coaches to improve his gait. ... They've worked really hard on increasing the strength on the front sides so the back sides don't have to take all that pressure and just balance his legs out, so to speak. We'll see how it works. We really need him to be healthy."
Duffy, Paulino recovering side by side
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Danny Duffy and right-hander Felipe Paulino have nearby stalls in the Royals' clubhouse, so it's easy for them to compare notes on their Tommy John surgeries of last summer.
"Everything's good, Duffy's good, too," Paulino said.
Duffy, who had his surgery on June 13, has started a throwing program in Spring Training.
"I'll be on my fourth side [session] tomorrow," Duffy said on Sunday. "Everything is working like a dream. No complaints."
Paulino had his ulnar collateral ligament replacement via surgery on July 3, so he's behind Duffy's pace.
"One week and I'll throw my first bullpen," Paulino said. "I'm two weeks behind Duffy, so whatever Duffy does, I just follow."
The Royals expect the two starting pitchers to be ready sometime around the All-Star break in July.
"We're here to help," Paulino said. "This is going to be a special year for us and for everybody."
Soria keeping his distance from former club
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Former Royals closer Joakim Soria is now with the Rangers and, even though he's in the same training complex, he's keeping his distance from his old teammates. He's staying on the Texas side of the Surprise facility.
"I went over there before Spring Training to see them, but now we're getting serious," he said. "This is my home. I have nothing to do with them. This is my new home."
Soria signed with the Rangers as a free agent after the Royals declined to exercise an $8 million option for his 2013 salary. Soria underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of Spring Training last year.
Teaford recovering, but still sidelined
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Everett Teaford's sore left shoulder is healing, but he's still sidelined.
"I don't get to throw until Tuesday, but I got to do baseball activities and everything feels good," Teaford said. "I tried to trick 'em, but they're way smarter than me."
Teaford, his shoulder feeling better, tried to confuse the trainers' count on their five-day no-throw edict so he could toss a day earlier, but they didn't bite.
"It's easier to take another day now than potentially later," Teaford conceded.
Even though he'll return to throwing, he'll be held out of the intrasquad games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
• First-base coach Rusty Kuntz left camp to be with his ailing 85-year-old father, Chet, in Hutchinson, Kan.
• Infielder Miguel Tejada has the most Major League service time of any player in camp, 14.023 years. Four players have nine-plus years -- pitchers Bruce Chen and Dan Wheeler, and outfielders Endy Chavez and Xavier Nady.
• New infielder Elliot Johnson is wearing the highest uniform number in camp, 80 -- the same he wore as a receiver in high school football in Thatcher, Ariz.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.