The Kansas City Royals are still rolling, winning their 15th Spring Training game out of 18 contests. The Royals beat the Cleveland Indians Thursday 5-3 in Goodyear, Arizona.
Jeremy Guthrie produced four innings of uneven work. He agave up 2 runs and allowed 7 base runners during his stint. It doesn’t appear Guthrie has shaken off all the rust quite yet. The same could be said of closer Greg Holland, who served up a gopher ball, a walk, and a wild pitch in the 8th inning. Francisley Bueno continued his good spring with two perfect innings.
Second base candidates Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella each produced a RBI double in the contest and remain neck-in-neck statistically this spring. This positional battle may go down right to the wire. David Lough, trying to earn a back-up outfield spot, raised his spring average to .536 with a double of his own.
Wade Davis returns to the mound today for the first time in nearly two weeks as he as been suffering from an inflamed shoulder. Shortstop Alcides Escobar, out with back issues, hopes to return Saturday.
AL Central Notes
Cleveland Indians: Closer Chris Perez, out for nearly three weeks with a shoulder strain, hopes to throw from a mound this weekend as he tries to be ready to return to game action before the end of spring. Look for Vinnie Pestano to close if Perez doesn’t make it back by Opening Day.
Chicago White Sox: John Danks‘ spring woes continue. Thursday saw Danks’ spring ERA inflate to 11.74 after surrendering 6 runs on 7 hits in 3 1/3 innings. Danks is trying come back from surgery last season.
Minnesota Twins: The Twins #4 ranked prospect Kyle Gibson was sent to minor league camp yesterday. Minnesota was hoping Gibson, recovering from elbow surgery, would be ready to join the rotation on Opening Day but that will not be the case. Gibson will work to regain his arm strength in AAA to start the season.