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Royals’ David Lough shows signs of quick recovery from bruised wrist

Updated: 2013-06-03T02:53:05Z

By BOB DUTTON

The Kansas City Star

— Outfielder David Lough should be available to start Tuesday’s series opener against Minnesota at Kauffman Stadium after showing signs of a quick recovery from a bruised right wrist.

Lough tested his wrist in early batting practice prior to Sunday’s game and reported it was “not too bad.” He suffered the injury Saturday when hit by a Robbie Ross pitch in the 10th inning.

The bases were loaded with two outs in a 1-1 game when Lough was hit by the pitch. George Kottaras followed with a two-run double for a 4-1 victory.

Lough is batting .289 at 11 for 38 in 12 games since his May 17 recall from Class AAA Omaha.

Lineup cards

The Rangers staged a re-enactment when George Brett and Nolan Ryan brought out the lineup cards for Sunday’s series finale.

Brett and Ryan performed the same duties on Oct. 3, 1993, at the old Arlington Stadium in what marked the final game of their careers. Both were inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Dale Scott was umpire at home plate for that game in 1993. He was the crew chief for this series and served Sunday at first base.

Whatever works

Lough’s painful RBI in Saturday’s game marked the third time this season that Royals took the lead with two outs in the 10th inning without a hit.

Lorenzo Cain drew a walk in the second game of an April 21 double-header sweep in Boston, which produced a 5-4 victory.

Kottaras worked a walk four days later in Detroit before Alex Gordon followed with a grand slam in an 8-3 victory.

The Royals are eight for 21 overall with 21 RBIs with the bases loaded and two outs. That .348 average grows to a .423 on-base percentage because of the two walks and one hit batsman.

Minor details

Reliever Kelvin Herrera figures to get a return ticket to the big leagues if he turns in a few more outings like Saturday’s scoreless-inning save in Omaha’s 8-5 victory over Memphis.

Herrera has worked 3⅔ scoreless innings in four appearances since his May 23 demotion to the Storm Chasers after allowing eight homers in a span of 15 innings.

Ex-Royals watch

Two recent transactions that involved former Royals: Arizona released first baseman Kila Ka’aihue, and Toronto assigned first baseman Clint Robinson to Class AA New Hampshire after he cleared waivers.

Ka’aihue, 29, had an out clause in contract if not promoted to the big leagues by June 1. He was batting .313 at Class AAA Reno with 16 homers and 50 RBIs in 53 games.

The move with Robinson, 28, was a procedural move to remove him from the 40-man roster. He was already playing at New Hampshire, where he is batting .274 with four homers and 23 RBIs in 49 games.

Ka’aihue was the Royals’ 15th-round pick in 2002 and spent parts of three seasons in the big leagues before a September 2011 trade sent him to Oakland.

He played 39 games last year for the A’s before signing last November with the Diamondbacks as a free agent.

Robinson was a 25th-round pick in 2007. He spent six years in the organization before getting traded last November to Pittsburgh. The Blue Jays acquired Robinson in a March 29 waiver claim.

Looking back

It was 32 years ago Monday — June 3, 1981 — that catcher Jerry Grote became the first Royals player to drive in seven runs in a game. Seven RBIs remains a club record.

Grote’s big day included a grand slam and came in a 12-9 victory over Seattle at then-Royals Stadium. Ken Brett pitched the final 3⅓ innings for a save.

There have been 12 seven-RBI games in club history. The most recent was earlier this season by Billy Butler on April 7 in a 9-8 victory at Philadelphia. Bo Jackson is the only player to do it twice.

Etc.

• Alex Gordon snapped a zero-for-14 skid with a single in the fifth inning. He followed that with a double in the eighth.

• Mike Moustakas had two singles and a walk in four plate appearances. It was his second multi-hit game in his last four starts.

• Ervin Santana started the game ranked first among American League pitchers in least run support. One run in nine innings won’t help that.

• Joe Nathan is 40 for 44 in career saves opportunities against the Royals. His 40 saves are a franchise record for an opponent.

To reach Bob Dutton, call 816-234-4352 or send email to bdutton@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/Royals_Report.

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