Eibner in town to visit
Second-round selection from Arkansas is club’s top unsigned draft pick.
Arkansas Razorbacks outfielder Brett Eibner, the Royals’ secondround draft pick this year, was in town Tuesday to take a physical and check out Kansas City.
Eibner stood in the dugout before the game and seemed genuinely wowed by Kauffman Stadium.
“It’s amazing,” Eibner said. “I’ve been to a few parks, and they all have their personality. But this one is way up there, with the new renovations.”
Eibner’s right hand was also in a brace, thanks to a hairline fracture he suffered while playing Ole Miss in May.
“If I were to fall on it, it would hurt,” said Eibner, who says he will be fine in a few weeks. “But it’s more of a precautionary thing to keep it stabilized and help it heal quicker.”
Eibner is the Royals’ highest un- signed draft pick . The deadline to sign selections is Aug. 16, but negotiations are still in the early stages.
“There’s a lot of time left,” Eibner said. Lineup change
Veteran utilityman Wilson Betemit started at designated hitter and hit eighth Tuesday after going two for four with a crucial three-run home run in his last start, a 10-3 win over St. Louis on Sunday.
So far this season, Betemit is hitting .476 with three doubles and three home runs in 21 at-bats.
“That’s why he’s in there,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He gives you another bat with power potential in the lineup — and you saw how important that was the other day. The three-run homer changed the whole complexion of the game.” Meche throws
Royals starter Gil Meche threw a 40-pitch bullpen session off a mound on Tuesday and reported no pain afterward. Meche has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 29 (retroactive to May 26) with right shoulder bursitis. Two-out wonders
Entering Tuesday’s game, there had been 28 times this season in which the Royals had two outs and none on in an inning and still managed to score at least one run. In all, the Royals had scored 53 runs in an inning after starting a rally with two down and none on.
“It’s a good indication of the attitude this offense has, (which is) that the inning isn’t over until the third out is made,” Yost said. “They can still generate some offense, no matter the situation.” Minor details
Shortstop Christian Colon, the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft, made his debut Tuesday at Class A Wilmington. Colon hit into a double play in his first professional at-bat and finished zero for five.
Left-handed starter Danny Duffy made his 2010 debut on Monday with the Surprise Royals of the Rookie League, allowing one run, two hits and a walk over twothirds of an inning.
Duffy, 21, was regarded as one of the Royals’ top pitching prospects before he left camp on March 24 to reassess his life priorities. He decided earlier this month to resume his baseball careerand return to the organization. To reach Terez A. Paylor, send e-mail to email@example.com.
Chicago’s Juan Pierre was safe at first after the ball popped out of Billy Butler’s glove on a pickoff attempt in the first inning.