Nori Aoki to begin rehab assignment in Class AA, role with Royals unclear
07/06/2014 10:30 AM
Nori Aoki packed his bags and departed for a rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues on Sunday morning. His role when he returns to the Royals has yet to be determined.
Aoki intends to start a brief stint with Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Monday night. He has been steadily testing his strained left groin muscle during the past two weeks.
"In drills and practice, I feel great," Aoki said through his interpreter, Kosuke Inaji. "We’ve just got to bring that into the game now. And take it game by game there."
With Aoki out, the team signed outfielder Raul Ibanez. His arrival creates something of a roster crunch. The team has five outfielders once more. Aoki figures to split time with Ibanez and Jarrod Dyson. To keep all five on the roster, Christian Colon could be optioned to Class AAA Omaha.
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