Ankiel out another week with ankle soreness

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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.

Yasmany Tomas arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding

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KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.

The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.

A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”

Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.