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Wade Davis continues to play catch, but timeline for return is still fluid

Wade Davis went on the disabled list on July 31 — retroactive to July 28 — after suffering a flexor strain in his right forearm.
Wade Davis went on the disabled list on July 31 — retroactive to July 28 — after suffering a flexor strain in his right forearm. The Associated Press

The timetable for Wade Davis’ return from the disabled list remains fluid, but Royals manager Ned Yost indicated on Saturday that it would likely happen before September.

“He’s feeling better,” Yost said. “He’s totally symptom free, playing catch, extending it out.”

Davis went on the disabled list on July 31 — retroactive to July 28 — after suffering a flexor strain in his right forearm. The strain was a recurrence of an earlier injury, and the Royals will likely be cautious with Davis’ return.

As of Saturday, Davis had yet to return to a mound. Once that occurs, he will progress to side sessions, live batting practice and a possible rehab assignment.

More rehab updates

▪ Left-hander Mike Minor continued a rehab assignment at Class AAA Omaha on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) in a season-high six innings. Minor threw 88 pitches, striking out five while issuing four walks. He is not expected to join the major-league club until September, Yost said.

▪ Left-hander Jason Vargas threw 2  1/3 innings for Rookie league Surprise on Friday, his second outing since beginning a rehab assignment in Arizona. He allowed two hits while striking out six. Vargas also is unlikely to re-join the Royals until September.

▪ Right-hander Kris Medlen, meanwhile, continues to throw living batting practice in Arizona.

Royals add former Japanese player and manager to front office

Kenjiro Nomura, a former star in Japan and manager in Japan’s Central League, is joining the Royals’ front office as an adviser to baseball operations, the club announced this week. Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the move was part of a plan to expand the organization’s efforts in Japan.

Nomura played 17 seasons for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, recording more than 2,000 hits from 1989 to 2005. He most recently served as a manager for the team from 2010-14.

“Kenjiro has been a great friend to the Royals organization over the years,” Moore said. “He was a tremendous player on the field and is highly respected in the game. We look forward to his expertise and insight as we expand our efforts in Japan.”

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