Bale could be back in camp this week
Left-hander recovering after having thyroid surgery in Kansas City
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher John Bale could be back in the Royals' camp by the end of this week, mere days after having surgery in Kansas City to have his thyroid gland removed.
Kansas City manager Trey Hillman offered an optimistic prognosis Wednesday morning during the Royals' pregame workouts."He could be discharged either later today or tomorrow. Depends on whether they can get some food in him," Hillman said. "But he'll have to remain in Kansas City for a couple of days, for post-operation observation. "So he could be back here by the end of the week -- or the beginning of next week." Obviously, it will take Bale, who had decided on the surgery after his physical revealed irregularities in the thyroid, a while to return to pitching strength. "We just hope to have him ready for the start of the season," said Hillman, a target date more than a month away. The 34-year-old left-hander appeared in only 13 games for the Royals last season, including three starts. He went 0-3 with a 4.39 ERA.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.