8/14/2014 10:14 P.M. ET
Chen, Royals to raise cancer awareness, funds
By Dick Kaegel and Jackson Alexander / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Pitcher Bruce Chen will participate in a league-wide, player-driven effort to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced.
The players will participate in Strikeout Cancer Day on Sept. 2 at ballparks around the country. The Royals face the Texas Rangers that night.
Players plan to wear Strikeout Cancer T-shirts during the day and practice with a large backward K (a strikeout looking) and team colors emblazoned on it. Fans can join them by purchasing the shirt at www.108stitches.com and wearing them to the games.
Proceeds from each shirt are split between the players' chosen charities, in the Royals' case the Friends of Kids with Cancer, and the Jason Motte Foundation established by the St. Louis relief pitcher.
The Players Association will make a donation to the brain tumor program at Columbia University Medical Center in memory of former MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner, who passed away from brain cancer.
Hosmer one week away from swinging bat
KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that while Eric Hosmer's fractured right hand was "healing nicely," he won't resume swinging a bat for another week.
The announcement comes after Hosmer, who was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 1, had a CT scan before Kansas City's 7-3 win Thursday.
When the Royals put him on the DL, Hosmer's recovery time was a projected three to six weeks.
The first baseman is hitting .267/.312/.377 in 104 games this season.
KC's acquisitions bring veteran clubhouse presence
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' four acquisitions during this season all share a pair of characteristics that made them enticing for Kansas City: experience and compatibility.
Outfielders Raul Ibanez and Josh Willingham and relievers Scott Downs and Jason Frasor brought a combined 54 years of Major League experience. Additionally, they all are high-character guys in the clubhouse.
Kansas City traded for Willingham and Frasor and they signed Ibanez and Downs.
"[Frasor], Scott Downs, Willingham now, Raul Ibanez -- adding all these veteran-type guys has been a great addition for our team, not only for what they're able to do on the field, but their makeup and their competitiveness and the way they go about the game. They're all great additions for us," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
After a quiet Trade Deadline, Kansas City swapped Minor Leaguer Jason Adam for Willingham on Monday. The front office viewed Willingham and his power-hitting, on-base percentage pedigree as being worth taking on $1.84 million in salary for the remainder of the year. Willingham has started all three games since joining the Royals.
Kansas City parted ways with Minor Leaguer Spencer Patton to acquire Frasor on July 16. Entering Thursday, he provided six scoreless innings for his new team.
Downs went on the disabled list with a sprained neck Tuesday and Ibanez primarily serves as a left-handed bat off the bench. But they remain an integral presence in the locker room with 32 years of MLB experience between them.
Yost confirmed that makeup and character factor into the free agents or trade targets the team seeks.
"That's a major consideration," Yost said. "We look at makeup as well as we do talent and ability. It's important that you have a clubhouse full of winners, that you have a clubhouse full of guys that aren't selfish and aren't in it for themselves, that they're in it for the city, for the organization and to play winning baseball for the team. These guys all have that huge reputation of being able to do that as well as being quality, experienced players."
Royals to distribute postseason tickets information
KANSAS CITY -- With 42 games remaining and the Royals in first place in the American League Central, Kansas City will be distributing information via email to season-ticket holders regarding possible 2014 postseason tickets.
Completion of seat assignments, invoice payments and ticket distribution in September is a requirement to reserve potential playoff tickets. Season-ticket holders will receive priority over the general public.
At the behest of Major League Baseball, tickets for all possible 2014 postseason tickets, tiebreaking games included, will be in the postseason packages available to season-ticket holders.
If the Royals are unable to qualify for the playoffs, or if they make the playoffs but all games aren't played, any postseason credits used would carry over to the 2015 season-ticket package.
The announcement comes after the Royals beat the Athletics, 7-3, on Thursday for their 10th win in 11 games. Kansas City leads the Tigers by a half game in the AL Central and has the fourth-best record in the AL.
Season-ticket holders can direct questions regarding the 2014 postseason invoice to the Royals' Ticket Services Department at (816) 504-4040, option 3, or at email@example.com.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.