8/15/2014 7:30 P.M. ET
Hall of Fame skipper Cox is pulling for Royals
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Manager Ned Yost and the Royals have a Hall of Fame rooter in the recently inducted manager, Bobby Cox.
Yost served on Cox's staff during the 14-year playoff run his Atlanta Braves had. Cox is paying close attention to his ex-coach's Kansas City team.
"You play the game, you get on the bus, you go to the airport and you're like, 'OK, that was a good game,' but Bobby texted me last night," Yost said and read from his phone:
"Hey Ned, I saw your game today. I have to admit, I haven't seen a more thrilling game in a long time. Pulling for you guys so hard. Fun to watch. Keep 'em going."
Cox has joined Yost and his partners in the vast new LakePointe Sporting Community being built north of Atlanta and he has followed the Royals day to day.
"He always has. When he was managing and I was in Milwaukee and moved to Kansas City, when his game was over, he'd get in his car and drive home, which is like a 40-minute drive, and he'd listen to our game every night," Yost said.
"When I talked to him the other day, he said, 'I'm promising you right now, if you make the playoffs, I'm going to be there for those games,' ... He said, 'Yeah, I'm going to sit there in the stands and watch you sweat like I sweated for 14 years."
Hosmer told to rest injured hand for another week
MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was disappointed because he'd hoped to start swinging a bat by Friday, but the doctors told him no-go.
Hosmer underwent a CT scan and an X-ray on Thursday at the University of Kansas Medical Center and he was told to cool it.
"Just kind of lay off for a week and get checked up again," Hosmer said. "But it's healing well and healing at a good pace, so they like what they're seeing. So we're just going to wait another week, take another picture and see where we're at."
It might even be longer than a week or until Hosmer and the Royals return from their road trip on Aug. 25. He's been on the disabled list since Aug. 2 due to a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand when he was hit by a pitch on July 20.
"They're starting to show some improvement in there," manager Ned Yost said. "That line is starting to calcify, but it's not all the way through in there. They want to wait until they get more healing."
Royals-Indians on Aug. 31 moved to evening
MINNEAPOLIS -- If you were planning to be at Kauffman Stadium for an afternoon game on Sunday, Aug. 31, you'll have to adjust your schedule.
The game against Cleveland, originally scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT, has been changed to 7:07 p.m. to accommodate a telecast by ESPN2. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
The Royals announced that the game will remain a Family FunDay Sunday with activities for kids. It's also KU Day and University of Kansas fans can purchase a special ticket package and receive a Crimson & Blue KC cap.
Another change from the printed schedule, previously announced, has the Yankees coming to Kauffman Stadium on Monday, Aug. 25, for a 6:10 p.m. CT makeup game. It was rained out on June 9.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.