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Alex Rios to undergo follow-up X-ray on broken left hand

Alex Rios faced a re-examination of the broken bone in left hand Monday as the Royals try to chart his path back to big-league action.

Rios was scheduled to undergo an X-ray Monday. Afterward, he planned see a hand specialist here, manager Ned Yost said. The team hoped Rios would receive clearance to begin exercises to strength his hand.

"He’s been staying in the weight room with his legs and his body and his running," Yost said. "He’s been doing his throwing. We’ve had people catch for him, but he’s been throwing to keep his arm active. Now we’re going to see if we can’t start to initiate some time of hand-strengthening exercises."

An errant fastball from Twins rookie J.R. Graham connected with Rios’ hand on April 13. The training staff indicated they could examine the healing process after two weeks passed. Monday marked the two-week anniversary of the injury. The team can formulate a timetable for his reactivation once the examination occurs.

Before he landed on the disabled list, Rios was hitting .321 with eight RBI in seven games. Rookie Paulo Orlando has become Rios’ regular replacement in the field. Jarrod Dyson received only his third start in right field for Monday’s game against the Indians.

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