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Lorenzo Cain was forced to wait game last season with the Kansas City Royals.
He'll be pushed into the starting lineup this spring.
The team signed free agent Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur prior to last season, and they joined struggling Alex Gordon in the outfield. Cain was told that he would start the year in the Pacific Coast League, but he'd be called up to join the Royals.
''They all played well,'' Cain said. ''Three great outfielders and they all put up numbers, so what can you do?''
Gordon batted .303 with 45 doubles and 23 homers, while Cabrera bounced back from a subpar season to hit .305 with 44 doubles and 18 homers. Francoeur batted .285 with 47 doubles and 20 homers, making them the most productive outfield in the majors.
Meanwhile, Cain kept plugging along at Triple-A Omaha.
''You just would have never dreamed or guessed that the three outfielders we had would put together phenomenal years and stay healthy all ye...
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When news broke at around 5:45 that the Royals would be making a big announcement in about 40 minutes tonight, we all figured that it would be a contract extension, and that the player to be extended was likely Eric Hosmer or Alex Gordon. Well, we were partly right. The Royals did extend one of their players, but it was actually catcher Salvador Perez, who was given a five year...
Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez said Wednesday on Twitter that he's returning to Kansas City after hurting his knee.
He injured his knee while warming up starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez in the bullpen before a 7-5 victory Tuesday over the Cincinnati Reds. Perez caught the first inning, but left with a noticeable limp and was replaced by Cody Clark.
Kansas City Royals reliever Jonathan Broxton will throw live batting practice on Monday.
Broxton, who signed a one-year contract with the Royals in November, has been working his way back from minor elbow surgery in September.
The 27-year-old Broxton was limited to 14 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, going 1-2 with seven saves and a 5.68 ERA.
He had a stellar season...
After a whirlwind rookie season, Eric Hosmer took the field for the Royals' first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Saturday, looking to lay the foundation for a big 2012 season.
Big Clint Robinson, all 6-foot-5 and 238 pounds of him, is back in the Royals' Major League training camp and still looking over others' shoulders -- notably those of first baseman Eric Hosmer and designated hitter Billy Butler.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have signed catcher Salvador Perez to a five-year contract worth $7 million.
Lefty reliever Jose Mijares finally arrived in the Royals' camp on Sunday, getting his training started five days late with his new club. He was delayed by problems in obtaining his passport in Venezuela.
Relief pitcher Jose Mijares was still absent on Saturday, as the infielders and outfielders joined the batterymen for the Royals' first full-squad workout.
Salvador Perez wants to play in Kansas City for a long time, and the Royals are going to give him that chance.
The sparring between veteran Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella represents the biggest battle for a non-pitching position in the Kansas City camp this year.