Shortstop Christian Colon, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, was promoted to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. The Royals' 10th-best prospect, according to MLB.com, Colon was batting .284 with five home runs, 27 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases in 73 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, drawing more walks (31) than the number of times he struck out (27). Ned Yost said it was "way too early to think about" considering the possibility of Colon being a September callup, although Colon could get playing time at short since the Royals purchased the contract of Tony Abreu from Omaha on Monday. White Sox: Youkilis sits with sore knee
For the first time since missing the series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 19, Kevin Youkilis was out of the White Sox lineup on Tuesday. He did not play in the 5-2 loss to the Royals while he nursed a sore right knee. Youkilis was replaced by Rey Olmedo, who went 1-for-3 while batting ninth, and Gordon Beckham hit leadoff, allowing Alexei Ramirez to bat second. Alejandro De Aza missed his second game after experiencing lower back stiffness ever since taking a knee in his back from the Angels' Maicer Izturis while stretching a single into a double in Saturday's 6-5 loss. The White Sox have an off-day Thursday but De Aza does not believe his injury is serious and could return on Wednesday. Jordan Danks took his place in center field on Tuesday. "It is tough, but I just want to get better," De Aza said. "I'd rather lose two or three days and get healthy and then go back to play instead of trying to play and get worse." For the first time in his last seven games, A.J. Pierzynski failed to drive in a run in the 5-2 loss to the Royals on Tuesday night. Pierzynski has hit a career-high 21 home runs this year, which leads all Major League catchers. He is on pace to hit 32 homers, which would be the second-highest single-season total by a White Sox catcher, behind only Carlton Fisk's 37 home runs in 1985. "Catchers are involved in every play," Ventura said. "You're weak if you're not strong up the middle and it starts behind the plate and goes all the way out to shortstop, second base, center field. I don't know a lot of teams that are good that don't have a good catcher." Worth noting
Pierzynski and Alex Rios are riding nine-game hitting streaks. White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hit an RBI single off the Royals' Bruce Chen to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning on Tuesday. He is three RBIs away from having 1,000 for his career. Chen picked up his 68th career win on Tuesday, passing Juan Berenguer for second-most among Panamanians. He trails only Mariano Rivera, who has 76 victories.