SURPRISE, Ariz. — Lorenzo Cains injury right hand created a stir Sunday in large part because of his injury-plagued 2012 season.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
The ailment prompted the Royals to pull Cain from regular batting practice, although he took part in all other workout activities. Also, Cain and manager Ned Yost each characterized the move as a precaution and suggested it wasnt serious.
Even so, plans called for Cain to undergo a further examination. Those results should be available today and, if so, well update later online.
Meanwhile, keep those questions coming on twitter to @Royals_Report.
Heres todays exchange:
@sstorm89: do you play fantasy baseball? If so, what royals player is a "draft day steal"?
No. Have enough to do in keeping track of the real thing. So youre on your own here.
@davidwlowe: Does Eric Hosmer's swing look any different in spring BP, since he is trying to keep his back leg solid throughout the pitch?
Its hard to tell at this point since hes just taking batting practice. But I can tell you this: Hosmer and hitting coach Jack Maloof are pleased by the early results. Maybe I should just say its hard for me to tell.
@BigGreenBull: Is Butler here for the long haul, or would he be one of the first gone if they fall out early?
Anything is possible, but I think it would take a heck of a return for the Royals to part with Butler. He is one of the their cornerstone players and under contract through 2014 with a club option for 2015 at reasonable market terms. General manager Dayton Moore often says, If we traded Billy Butler, wed be looking for someone like Billy Butler.
@mrryanbane: Is the #5 spot Chen or Hoch's to lose (barring injuries or Spring trade)? Or what would it take to see someone else grab it?
If I were handicapping that competition at this point and its early Id have it Luke Hochevar, Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza. As always, thats subject to change.
@kc_at_the_bat: If Cain had injured hand 5 days earlier, would #Royals have been in on Bourne? I cant imagine so. Also, lets see how serious Cains injury is. Early indication is that it wasnt serious. Hope to have more information later today.
@RTLong3: Is Dyson going to make the team or one of the spring-training invitees going to make it?
Jarrod Dyson is out of options and projects as the likely fourth outfielder.
@KC_CG: at what point does Cain get the injury prone tag?
Fair or not, hes probably already viewed that way by some people.
@jeff_fett: There was a lot of hype when the Royals signed Noel Arguelles. What's the Royals timetable for him? Majors anytime soon?
Arguelles finally seems healthy for the first time in four springs since signing that five-year deal for $6.9 million as a Cuban defector. Hes still viewed as a prospect, but its time to show something. This is a key year in his career.
@85royal: If Johnson was in from "almost" the start, why the delay? Why not just include him in deal instead of PTBNL?
Some of this is speculation, but the likely reason is the Royals had roster issues throughout the winter and, as part of the trade discussions, the Rays agreed to carry Johnson on their roster until the start of spring training. Have to admit, both teams succeeded in keeping that under wraps.
@kcbeltran1: you think Duffy will give the Royals anything this year??
All signs are positive at this point that Danny Duffy should be able to meet the medical timetable of being able to return to active duty by mid-July. Possible earlier.
To reach Bob Dutton, Royals reporter for The Star, send email to email@example.com. Follow his updates at twitter.com/Royals_Report.