9/3/2014 1:18 A.M. ET
Royals, Rangers wear K-Cancer T-shirts during BP
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals and the Rangers wore K-Cancer T-shirts during batting practice and around Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday for a special cause.
It's the "Strike Out Cancer Day" campaign supported by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
"It's just a way to show solidarity among the players to support a good cause," said pitcher Aaron Crow, the Royals' player representative. "Pretty much everyone knows somebody that's affected by cancer. It's just a way to get together and show our support."
The T-shirts, in team colors, feature a backward K, representing the baseball scoring symbol for "strikeout looking." Fans can support the campaign by buying K Cancer shirts at www.108stitches.com.
Proceeds are split between the Jason Motte Foundation and the charity selected by a team member. In the Royals' case it's Friends of Kids with Cancer picked by Bruce Chen.
Colon's return short-circuited by finger injury
KANSAS CITY -- Infielder Christian Colon's return to the Royals lasted only three innings.
Colon left Tuesday night's 2-1 victory over the Rangers with a fractured distal tip of the middle finger of his right hand and will be out for an undetermined period.
"They're going to re-evaluate in a week. Something like this normally is two to three or four weeks. I don't know," manager Ned Yost said.
Colon, starting at third base in place of Mike Moustakas, was injured as he fielded a ball hit by Tomas Telis in the second inning. Colon threw the ball high to second baseman Omar Infante and was charged with an error.
Colon stayed in the game and put down a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the third inning but then left the game and was replaced by Moustakas. Later, after Moustakas left for a pinch-runner, Jayson Nix took over at third.
Sent down to Double-A Northwest Arkansas for three days, Colon had just returned to Kansas City and was counted on as a backup infielder down the stretch. But the Royals also have Nix and Johnny Giavotella for that role.
"That's why we talked about that depth," Yost said. "Depth is important ... so we're in good shape."
Crow, Double-A delegation settle in
KANSAS CITY -- The entire delegation from Double-A Northwest Arkansas has now settled into the Royals' crowded clubhouse.
Pitchers Aaron Crow and Liam Hendriks, infielder Christian Colon and outfielder Terrance Gore reported for Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.
September callups already in the house from the Naturals were pitcher Brandon Finnegan and outfielder Lane Adams. Along with the recruits from Omaha -- pitcher Casey Coleman, catcher Francisco Pena, inflelder Johnny Giavotella amd outfielder Carlos Peguero. Oh, and first baseman Eric Hosmer, back from rehabbing at Omaha.
So that makes 36 players packed into the clubhouse with temporary lockers being erected here and there.
In addition, Northwest Arkansas manager Vance Wilson, a former Major League catcher, has been brought in as an extra coach.
Some of the newcomers have made a fast jump to the big leagues. Finnegan was just drafted last June and Gore started the season in Class A.
"They're here because they can do something really good," manager Ned Yost said.
Gore has great speed and will join Adams as possible pinch-runners in the late innings. Finnegan is a strike thrower with good stuff.
"How we're going to use Finnegan right now is in mid- to low-leverage situations. See how he does, then hopefully bump him up to more mid-level instances," Yost said.
Yost indicated that Finnegan might be used as a lefty specialist later on.
Crow, Colon and Hendriks had brief stays at Northwest Arkansas, made to accommodate roster moves. Colon moved right into third base on Tuesday night, giving Mike Moustakas a night off.
Crow gave the Royals depth with the big three backend relievers -- Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland -- due for a rest. Hendriks, who excelled in a recent spot start, figures as a middle reliever.
"I'm not afraid to use Hendriks after what I saw the other day," Yost said. "His stuff is good and he throws strikes and I think he can get us through an inning or two."
Gordon, Davis get Player, Pitcher of Month awards
KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon was named the Royals Player of the Month and Wade Davis was picked as Pitcher of the Month for August.
Gordon had nine home runs, 16 RBIs, 21 runs and a .292 average. He also had his second career walk-off home run on Aug. 26 against the Twins.
This is the 12th time in his career and the second time this year that Gordon has won the award.
Davis pitched 14 scoreless innings in August with 19 strikeouts and just one walk. He also won the award in May and July.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.