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Royals pregame notes: Rain in the forecast in Baltimore

04/25/2014 3:57 PM

04/25/2014 3:59 PM

When asked about the evening’s forecast, Royals manager Ned Yost was blunt.

“Rain,” he said.

On the iPad on his desk inside the visiting managers’ office at Camden Yards, a green blob of stormy weather drifted toward this city. There is a decent chance Friday’s game gets rained out. If that happens, Yost expects a split double-header on Saturday.

Jeremy Guthrie would start the first game. Yordano Ventura would start the nightcap. The team will make a roster move to add an extra pitcher for the second game. When a team plays a doubleheader, they are afforded the luxury of a 26th player on the roster.

Cain making progress

Center fielder Lorenzo Cain (hamstring strain) took batting practice on the field on Friday and “did some agility stuff,” Yost said. The team is still unsure whether Cain can return once his stint on the 15-day disabled list ends next week.

“Felt it a little bit,” Yost said. “But about 60-percent better.”

Bueno to throw B.P.

Lefty reliever Francisley Bueno (bruised left pinky) threw a bullpen session without discomfort on Friday afternoon. He is slated to throw live batting practice when the team returns to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. Bueno is “symptom-free,” pitching coach Dave Eiland said, but needs to re-acclimate to pitching against live competition. He is bound for a minor-league rehabilitation assignment before he can rejoin the team.

Rusty not ready

Mike Jirschele remains the team’s interim first-base coach as Rusty Kuntz recuperates from surgery to repair his broken arm. Kuntz is with the team, and will continue to help from the dugout. But he is not yet ready to resume his on-field duties.

“Rusty’s on all that pain medicine,” Yost said. “That pain medicine makes you a little loopy.”


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