Notes: Teahen back to his old haunts
Royals make temporary first-base move with Shealy hurting
KANSAS CITY -- Switching to first base, where Mark Teahen started for just the fourth time on Friday night, hasn't been that tough.
After all, Teahen played the other corner of the infield for the Royals last season. Then, the Royals moved him to right field, making room for Alex Gordon at third base.
Now, with Ryan Shealy slumping and hurting, Teahen is being tried at first base.
"Now, I'm moving back to the infield instead of making another switch. At least I have some experience there, so it's not entirely foreign," Teahen said. "I'd taken some ground balls there, so I was prepared."
Manager Buddy Bell said there are no plans to move Teahen to first base permanently. Meantime, he's learning -- just in case.
"I think it's going to take some time," Bell said. "We feel pretty comfortable putting Mark anywhere. ... I think he's OK with it. ... His hands are fine, his arm's fine."
"Shealy's still kind of banged up [with a leg injury]. We would actually prefer Ryan to be in there right now, but he's not healthy."
In Buck's seat: Pat Neaves of Lee's Summit, Mo., was in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat. She's an Angel Flight volunteer who visits potential passengers and takes requests for assistance from the program. Angel Flight Central, based at Kansas City's downtown airport, arranges charitable flights for persons with special medical needs.
Elarton progress: Starting pitcher Scott Elarton has two more starts scheduled for Triple-A Omaha as part of his rehabilitation assignment. He threw six shutout innings, allowing two hits, in his first outing.
Elarton's scheduled to pitch again on July 3 and 8. He threw 70 pitches, 45 for strikes, and he said his shoulder feels stronger.
Ditto for Mike Sweeney's right knee. He hopes to be back by July 3.
That non-deal: Now that Oakland has traded outfielder Milton Bradley to San Diego, he won't be coming to the Royals. But Bell was quizzed about why the club initially made a deal for Bradley, which was squelched because of his injury.
"It's a dead issue, but what we're trying to do here is get better," Bell said.
Bell was the Cleveland bench coach when Bradley played for the Indians.
"He's a talented kid who obviously made some bad decisions, but he's getting more mature as he gets older," Bell said. "I have no problems with guys like that.
"The issue is if they don't grow up, they don't stay. It wasn't that big a risk, I didn't think."
Minoso in KC: While the White Sox are in Kansas City, so is their former star outfielder, Minnie Minoso. He'll take part in the annual Negro Leagues Day on Saturday at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., in Kansas City.
From 2:30 to 4 p.m. CT, Minoso will participate in a discussion, a question-and-answer session and also sign autographs for fans visiting the museum. Minoso helped the New York Cubans win the 1947 Negro Leagues championship and reached the Major Leagues with the Indians in '49. He was traded to the White Sox in 1951, breaking the team's color barrier.
The Royals' annual Salute to the Negro Leagues will be held at Sunday's game, and the first 20,000 fans will receive an O'Neil Monarchs cap. A tailgate party will start at 10:45 a.m. and an autograph session with former players will start at 11 a.m.
Bunts: During their nine-game trip through St. Louis, Milwaukee and Anaheim, the Royals played in front of 380,138 fans, an average of 42,238. Eight crowds were above 40,000. ... With their last win in Anaheim, the Royals' record in June reached 14-11, assuring them of a winning month for the first time since July 2003 (15-11). ... Pitcher Luke Hudson, who underwent shoulder surgery on Thursday, was shifted from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. ... The Royals will reach the halfway point of their season on Saturday night with their 81st game.
Royals rundown: Elarton's six shutout innings led to Omaha's 9-0 win over New Orleans on Thursday. Third baseman Derek Wathan had three hits. ... Despite starter Carlos Rosa's five shutout innings, Double-A Wichita lost the first game of a doubleheader, 7-2, to Corpus Christi. First baseman Mike Stodolka's two RBIs sparked a 3-2 Wichita win in the second game. He's batting .280. ... Rowdy Hardy became the Carolina's League's first 10-game winner in Class A Wilmington's 5-3 victory over Lynchburg. He has a 10-1 record and a 1.51 ERA. ... Third baseman Michael Thompson hit his Midwest League-leading 15th homer in Class A Burlington's 4-3 win over Kane County. ... Third baseman Devery VandeKeere had three hits in rookie-advanced Idaho Falls' 15-8 loss to Orem. ... Danny Duffy, the Royals' third-round draft pick this year, made his debut with two no-hit innings in a 9-6 Arizona League loss to the Rangers.
Coming up: Left-hander Odalis Perez (4-7, 5.92 ERA) will start for the Royals against the White Sox at 6:10 p.m. CT on Saturday. Lefty John Danks (4-6, 4.78) is the Sox starter at Kauffman Stadium.
The first 20,000 fans will receive a Royals cowboy hat.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.