Josh Willingham sits out again as Royals face Rangers

Josh Willingham got another day to rest o Tuesday.
Josh Willingham got another day to rest o Tuesday. The Associated Press

Josh Willingham intended to test his sore intercostal muscle on Tuesday afternoon by swinging a bat for the first time since the weekend. Royals manager Ned Yost hoped Willingham would return to action.

Instead, Willingham is not in the lineup. Billy Butler is back starting at designated hitter. The good news: Willingham was on the field to take early batting practice with his teammates.

Here are the lineups as Jeremy Guthrie (10-10, 4.43 ERA) faces Derek Holland (0-0, 0.00 ERA):

RANGERS (53-84)

1. Leonys Martin, CF.

2. Elvis Andrus, SS.

3. Alex Rios, DH.

4. Adrian Beltre, 3B.

5. Ryan Rua, LF.

6. Adam Rosales, 1B.

7. Tomas Telis, C.

8. Roughned Odor, 2B.

9. Daniel Robertson, RF.

ROYALS (75-61)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Alex Gordon, LF.

4. Salvador Perez, C.

5. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

6. Billy Butler, DH.

7. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

8. Alcides Escobar, SS.

9. Christian Colon, 3B.

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