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Lorenzo Cain restarts rehab assignment following April setback

Jun 19, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

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The Royals traded Melky Cabrera to the Giants during the offseason with the idea that Lorenzo Cain would be their starting center fielder moving forward. That trade obviously hasn’t worked out so well for the Royals, as Cabrera is hitting .364 this season and leads the majors in hits while Jonathan Sanchez has been terrible in eight starts.

Making matters worse, Cain landed on the disabled list in mid-April with a groin injury and then suffered a torn hip flexor muscle during a minor league rehab assignment. However, it appears he is finally making some progress.

Cain restarted his rehab assignment last night with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and went 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout while playing five innings in center field. It was his first game action since April 24. The 26-year-old will likely need most of his 20-day rehab window given the lengthy absence, but he should be back with the Royals around the All-Star if all goes well.

Jarrod Dyson has filled in during Cain’s absence and is hitting just .263/.331/.306 over 183 plate appearances. If healthy, Cain should still get a long look as the team’s starting center fielder, but it’s worth noting that top prospect Wil Myers has started 18 games in center field this season with Triple-A Omaha. Still, most see the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Myers as a corner outfielder in the long-term, though he is blocked by Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur at the moment.

  1. kcfanatic - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Boy, if not for injuries KC would have a shot at the American League Central…but you know what they say if not for $##$ you uncle Tony would be your aunt Toni.

  2. rasal68 - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    A bag of used batting practice balls would have been a bad trade for Sanchez.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Here is hoping that Cain will soon be able. He had a great spring and was poised for a fine year before he was injured.

    • mattyflex - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      He had a really, really nice spring.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      “Here is hoping that Cain will soon be able.” Nice!

  4. mybrunoblog - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I’m sorry, who is Lorenzo Cain? Sounds like a soap,opera actor.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      You are possibly referring to Lorenzo Lamas. I was following young Lorenzo Cain in spring training and was impressed by his performance. He is on the bench of my fantasy team.

  5. hodaghunter - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    He was pretty impressive during his stint with the Milwaukee Brewers I was quite disappointed he was packaged and sent off…

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