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Kansas City Royals Inside Pitch 2009-09-07

Kansas City Royals Inside Pitch 2009-09-07For the team with the worst record in the American League, the Royals could not have had a worse week.

Not only did they lose five of six games, but injuries took their toll.

"We're dropping like flies," Royals manager Trey Hillman said.

Royals outfielder Jose Guillen, who missed 37 games with a ligament tear in his right knee, was activated on Sept. 1 from the disabled list. He started as the designated hitter on Sept. 2, but exited after two at-bats with discomfort in the right hamstring.

The Royals decided that was enough for Guillen this season.

"After reviewing Jose's situation, we are just going to shut him down for the rest of the year and give him an opportunity to get his body as healthy and strong as possible going into spring training next year," Hillman said. "He will not be playing any more ballgames this season."

Guillen, 33, is the highest paid position player in club history, making $12 million a season and has a year remaining on his three-year contract. He finished the season with a .242 average, nine home runs and 40 RBIs.

"It is the best thing to do," Guillen said. "Nothing is wrong with the knee, but the smart thing is to rest it. I want to make sure I'm 100 percent for next year."

Right-handers Gil Meche and Brian Bannister both skipped starts with shoulder fatigue. They are waiting for further evaluations to determine how much time they might miss. Righty Robinson Tejeda and lefty Bruce Chen have moved from the bullpen to the rotation, filling in for Meche and Bannister.

"We will continue to evaluate it as we get more information," Hillman said on when the two might return.

Left-hander John Bale pulled his right hamstring on the only pitch he threw Friday in relief. Hillman said it's a "good possibility" Bale won't pitch again this year.

"He's still having difficulty walking," Hillman said.

Righty Kyle Farnsworth tweaked his back while making a throw to first base to end the sixth inning Friday and did not pitch Saturday or Sunday.

The Royals promoted right-handers Carlos Rosa and Victor Marte and lefty Dusty Hughes from Class AAA Omaha to work out of the bullpen.

ANGELS 7, ROYALS 2: The Royals had 12 hits, one more than the Angels. They had one home run, while the Angels had none. The Angels committed an error and the Royals did not. The Angels, however, bunched eight of their 11 hits in the second and fourth innings to score all their runs. The Royals, meanwhile, grounded into four double plays, stranded nine runners and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Miguel Olivo homered. Brayan Pena singled home the other Kansas City run. Luke Hochevar took the loss, failing to get out of the fourth and giving up seven runs.

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