June 29, 2013 8:51 PM

Guthrie’s injured hand showing improvement

Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie should be ready to make his next scheduled start Wednesday after reporting improvement in his injured pitching hand. “It’s good,” he said. “The swelling has gone down, and I’m able to play catch.” The injury occurred in the first inning of Thursday’s series opener when Minnesota’s Joe Mauer lined a head-high shot back though the box. Guthrie threw up his hands for protection, and the ball clipped his fingers.

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