ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Lorenzo Cain wore a protective wrap around his left side on Friday night. He has been nursing discomfort in that area since he tweaked himself on a swing last weekend in Boston.
“It’s bothering me,” Cain said. “But I’m fine. I’ll be in there tomorrow.”
And, indeed, Cain was slated to start in center field and bat third for Kansas City in Saturday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, but manager Ned Yost indicated he would most likely rest Cain for Sunday’s series finale. Cain would then receive two days off in a row, as the team does not return to action until Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Cain has told Yost that he does not feel pain when he takes a full swings. But check swings do hurt him. The Royals training staff does not believe Cain is in danger of straining his oblique, a nasty injury that can require a month of rest, Yost said.
After years of missing time to a series of leg injuries, Cain is loath to ask Yost for a day off. Yost knows this.
“He’s really adamant about that,” Yost said. “Like, when I give him days off now, I just tell him, ‘You’ve got the day off.’”