Found July 14, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was back in the Royals lineup Friday night for the first time since April 10 at Oakland. Cain went 1-for-1 in that game, but left after three innings. He strained his left groin while making a catch of Daric Burton's liner to the wall and doubling off Collin Cowgill. Cain played in only five games, none at Kauffman Stadium, before the injury, which caused him to miss 79 games. He suffered a setback in May while rehabbing with Class AA Northwest Arkansas, tearing his left hip flexor. Cain hit .371 with a 1.193 OPS in 27 spring training games, with 11 doubles, five home runs and 20 runs. He began the season batting second, but when he returned against the White Sox, he was hitting ninth. Yost said he foresees Cain as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter in the future. "We still want to mix (Jarrod) Dyson in, we don't want to leave him out of the mix, and we have (Jason) Bourgeois, but I imagine Lorenzo will play five days a week,&q...

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