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Sweeney Set to Return to Lineup

Wednesday, March 16, 2005; Page D05

Slugger Mike Sweeney will rejoin the Royals' lineup today after the first baseman and designated hitter missed five spring training games with a sore back.

"Sweeney's ready to go," Manager Tony Peña said after the Royals' 6-1 loss to the Cubs yesterday. "We just decided to give him one more day. That way everybody would feel comfortable. But he's ready to go, and he will be playing tomorrow."

Royals first baseman-DH Mike Sweeney has missed five exhibition games because of a sore back. (Orlin Wagner -- AP)

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The Royals also announced that third baseman Chris Truby has a broken left wrist that will have to be immobilized for three weeks before he can begin rehabilitation. It was not clear when the injury occurred, the team said.

Sweeney stayed at the Royals' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz., yesterday for a supervised workout and evaluation by the training staff.

The Royals said that Sweeney's soreness is not related to his previous back and neck problems, which have caused him to miss 146 games over the last three seasons.

Sweeney hired a new personal trainer, former Royals strength and conditioning coach Chris Mihlfeld, and put himself through intense offseason workouts after missing the last 42 games of the 2004 season because of a herniated disk in his neck.

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