The Royals have seven players, including five pitchers, on the disabled list, and they ran into some more injury problems yesterday.
1B Mike Sweeney had a setback while taking practice swings and hitting off a tee. He has missed the past four games with a sprained left wrist and elbow.
"It didn't feel as good as I thought it would or hoped it would," Sweeney said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow. It wasn't really encouraging."
Sweeney said he received a cortisone shot yesterday.
"Between the medicine and the treatment I've been getting from the trainers, hopefully I'll feel a lot better [today]," he said.
Sweeney, a four-time all-star, was injured Wednesday in a collision at first base with Jayson Werth of the Dodgers.
Also, Royals rookie reliever Ambiorix Burgos faced just one batter in the 7-1 victory over the Astros before being led from the mound by trainer Nick Swartz and Manager Buddy Bell. The preliminary diagnosis on Burgos was tightness in the back of his shoulder.
* ERROR OF HIS WAYS: Tampa Bay's Travis Lee made his first error in 170 games after he made a bad throw home with the bases loaded in the first inning against St. Louis.
Lee was eight games shy of tying the AL record for consecutive errorless games by a first baseman. He last made an error on May 8, 2003.
* MILLION DOLLAR BABY: John Drennen, 19, the 33rd overall pick in the draft, signed with the Indians. Terms were not announced, but Indians scouting director John Mirabelli said Drennen received "exactly the same amount" as P Justin Orenduff, the 33rd pick in 2004 who got $1 million from the Dodgers.
Drennen will graduate from Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) High School on Wednesday. He is expected to play center field professionally.
* MUSIC TO HIS EARS: Bobby Valentine, the former manager of the Rangers and Mets, will be getting a visit from his alma mater's marching band.
Members of the Southern California marching band will play before Wednesday's Pacific League game between Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marines and the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Valentine is in his second year of a three-year contract in Japan. He attended USC on a football scholarship.
-- From News Services