Mitch Maier

Lorenzo Cain aggravates groin injury on rehab assignment

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Three games into his minor-league rehab assignment Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain has aggravated his groin injury, canceling plans for him to come off the disabled list Friday.

General manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that Cain “had another strain” and “we’re still waiting on the final diagnosis.”

Cain injured his groin on April 10, so assuming a similar timetable for his recovery would push his return to the majors back to mid-May.

Cain had a huge spring training, but then went just 2-for-15 (.133) before the injury and the Royals have used Mitch Maier as his primary replacement in center field while losing a dozen games in a row.