George Brett again on Tuesday dodged the issue of how long he plans to remain as the Royals’ hitting coach. Asked if he had a time frame in mind, he responded: “Not really.”
Brett became the club’s interim hitting coach prior to the May 30 game in St. Louis. At the time, he said he planned to reevaluate his status after one month and keep in regular contact with general manager Dayton Moore.
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“I have a meeting with Dayton in the next couple of days,” Brett said. “We’ll discuss some things We’ve got a game tonight.
“I was in the cage earlier with some of the guys, and I’ll be in the dugout tonight. Hopefully, we’ll get more than (Monday’s output of) five hits and two runs.”
Davis stays in rotation
Struggling right-hander Wade Davis will remain in the rotation at least a little longer. Manager Ned Yost said there was no reason to expect Davis will not make his next scheduled start Saturday at Chicago.
“We’ve got to fix him,” Yost said. “We’ve got to make some adjustments (in his command) and get him better. His stuff is really good, but 83 pitches in 2 2/3 (innings in Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Orioles)? You can’t do it.”
Davis is 4-9 with a 5.92 ERA in 19 starts. He has also lost his last four starts while allowing 21 runs in 15 2/3 innings.
Right-hander Felipe Paulino passed the next test in his bid to return to active duty when he awoke Tuesday with no irritation in his shoulder following a 25-pitch session of live batting practice.
The day after such workouts, Paulino said, has been a problem in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. First, he experienced tightness in his lower back. Then came the shoulder soreness.
“You give me the ball,” he said, “and I can throw wonderful today. But my recovery wasn’t what it was supposed to be. That’s been the question. But now, after the first day, I feel great.
“And if I’m great the first day, I know I’m going to be great the next day.”
Current plans call for Paulino to pitch two innings Thursday in a simulated game prior to the series finale against Baltimore.
The latest update from The Fielding Bible shows the Royals have saved more than twice as many runs through their defense as any other American League team.
The Royals are at plus-59 through Monday’s game. Texas ranks second at plus-26, followed by New York at plus-22. Seattle remains the league’s worst defensive club at minus-72.
The “runs saved” metric seeks to combine all defensive ratings into a single number that equals the number of actual runs saved or allowed by player and position in comparison to the major-league average.
Orioles acquire K-Rod
Baltimore on Tuesday acquired right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers for minor-league infielder Nick Delmonico.
Rodriguez, 31, has 304 career saves, third-most among active players. He was 1-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 10 saves for the Brewers this season.
Delmonico, 20, hit .244 with Class-A Frederick this season.
Lo-A Lexington outfielder Terrance Gore continues to look like a younger, right-handed version of Jarrod Dyson.
Gore, 5 feet 7 and 159 pounds, swiped two more bases Tuesday in a 5-4 loss at Greenville. He now has 56 steals in 61 attempts in 91 games.
The Royals selected Gore, 22, in the 20th round of the 2011 draft from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. He led the short-season Appalachian League last season with 36 steals in 61 games for Burlington.
Gore is batting just .227 at Lexington, but his 43 walks boost his on-base percentage to .340. He has 109 steals in 116 career attempts.
Brett’s Pine Tar Game was 30 years ago Wednesday
, but it’s not the only notable anniversary in franchise history.
• It was 40 years ago — July 24, 1973 — that then-Royals Stadium, in its inaugural season, played host to the All-Star Game. The National League won 7-1 behind homers from Johnny Bench, Bobby Bonds and Willie Davis.
• It was 38 years ago — July 24, 1975 — that Whitey Herzog was hired to replace Jack McKeon as manager. Herzog led the Royals to division titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978 before getting fired after the 1979 season.