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Royals outfielder Alex Rios still at least two weeks away from return from hand injury

Outfielder Alex Rios has yet to begin strengthening exercises to test the broken bone in his left hand, which he broke when it was hit by a pitch April 13, but manager Ned Yost expects Rios to begin that process later this week.
Outfielder Alex Rios has yet to begin strengthening exercises to test the broken bone in his left hand, which he broke when it was hit by a pitch April 13, but manager Ned Yost expects Rios to begin that process later this week. The Associated Press

Alex Rios has yet to begin strengthening exercises to test the broken bone in his left hand, but manager Ned Yost expects Rios to begin that process later this week. Even so, Yost estimated Rios will need about two weeks before he can rejoin the Royals.

Yost stopped short of declaring Rios in need of a minor-league rehabilitation assignment, a brief sojourn to Omaha or Northwest Arkansas to face live pitching, but indicated that step is a likely part of the process.

“It would probably be beneficial to get some at-bats, but we’ll see. I don’t know yet,” Yost said before Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

A wayward fastball from Minnesota Twins reliever J.R. Graham broke Rios’ hand on April 13. He was hitting .321 with eight RBI in seven games.

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