Royals manager Trey Hillman told the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton on Sunday that outfielder Rick Ankiel could require another week of recovery for his sore right ankle. There’s no reason to panic just yet, but Ankiel needs all the work he can get. The 30-year-old batted just .231 with a .285 on-base percentage last season and struck out 99 times in 372 at-bats. He inked a one-year, $3.25 million contract this winter and is expected to start in center field for the Royals in 2010.
The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.
Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.
On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.