02/18/2013 6:20 PM ET
Hand strain temporarily sidelines Cain from BP
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Center fielder Lorenzo Cain will miss a few days of batting practice due to a strained right hand.
"After a few days off from swinging, the soreness will be gone and I'll be ready to go," Cain said. "I should be ready for the first game of spring."
That could be iffy, though, because the Cactus League opener is on Friday afternoon against the Rangers.
"It's very minor, not anything that we're looking to be a hampering, recurring type of thing," manager Ned Yost said.
Cain initially strained the hand a few days ago and it's continued to bother him.
"He did it while he was in the cage, by himself, doing one-hand drills, which he probably shouldn't have been doing," Yost said.
The injury to Cain is drawing considerable attention because he proved injury-prone last season, missing all but 61 games due to three leg ailments. There's always the possibility that Cain's status as the starting center fielder could become vulnerable.
"We'll see," Yost said. "[Jarrod] Dyson's there, knocking on the door, too. We've got depth there. You've got to be healthy to play."
The Royals also have David Lough on the 40-man roster and three other possible center fielders: Endy Chavez, Luis Durango and Willy Taveras were signed as Minor League free agents and are in the Major League camp.
First intrasquad will have international intrigue
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Who says Royals manager Ned Yost can't have some fun?
Yost has inserted some competitive flair into the Royals' first intrasquad game scheduled for 12:30 p.m. MT on Tuesday. A la the All-Star Futures Game, it's the World vs. the USA.
The World team is made up of the foreign-born players on the Spring Training roster and the USA team is American made.
"I feel bad for the other team," said World starting pitcher Bruce Chen, born in Panama.
The World starting lineup: Luis Durango, CF, Panama; Alcides Escobar, SS, Venezuela; Miguel Tejada, 3B, Dominican Republic; Salvador Perez, C, Venezuela; Max Ramirez, 1B, Venezuela; Endy Chavez, RF, Venezuela; Irving Falu, 2B, Puerto Rico; Willy Taveras, LF, Dominican Republic, and Julio Rodriguez, DH, Dominican Republic.
Behind Chen, the pitchers will be Luis Mendoza, Mexico; Kelvin Herrera, Dominican Republic; Francisley Bueno and Noel Arguelles, Cuba, and Sugar Ray Marimon, Colombia,
"It just shows you how much diversity we have here," Chen said. "How many teams say they can have a World team and a USA team? We legitimately have enough pitchers and position players to fill every single position -- on both sides."
Nate Adcock of Elizabethtown, Ky., is listed as the first USA pitcher, followed by Tim Collins, Michael Mariot, Chris Dwyer, Blaine Boyer and Donnie Joseph. Each pitcher is scheduled to throw one inning or 20 pitches in the 6 1/2-inning game.
The USA starting lineup: Alex Gordon, LF; Chris Getz, 2B; Eric Hosmer, 1B; Mike Moustakas, 3B; Jeff Francoeur, RF; Jarrod Dyson, CF; Elliot Johnson, SS; Brett Hayes, C, and Adam Moore, DH.
Nitpickers might spot some discrepancies in the substitutions, however. George Kottaras, scheduled to be the second USA catcher, was born in Canada. Minor League outfielder Chad Tracy, born in Illinois, is listed as a World backup.
There will also be an intrasquad game on Wednesday. No word yet on any geographical divisions.
None of the Royals' front four starting pitchers are scheduled to pitch in the intrasquad games. James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, Ervin Santana and Wade Davis did, however, pitch batting practice on Monday.
"It was top-notch," Yost said. "It was exciting to watch their focus and concentration."
Six spring games to be televised
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals will have six games on TV during Spring Training.
Fox Sports Kansas City will carry the March 25 game against the Dodgers and the March 27 game against the Cubs, both at 8 p.m. CT from Surprise Stadium.
MLB Network will carry the Royals-Cubs at 8 a.m. CT on March 17 (tape delay of previous day's game); Royals-Rangers at 12 a.m. CT on March 19 (tape delay of previous night's game); Royals-Angels at 3 p.m. CT on March 22 (live); Royals-White Sox at 11 p.m. CT on March 24 (tape delayed).
Additionally, the March 27 game also will be on MLB Network via tape delay at 1 p.m. CT on March 28, but will be blacked out in the Kansas City market.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.