CINCINNATI -- There's no rush to bring Alex Gordon back to the Royals from Triple-A Omaha.

Gordon, sent to Omaha to learn to play the outfield and sharpen up his batting stroke, was hitting .362 (51-for-141) prior to Sunday's game. He had 10 homers, nine doubles and 29 RBIs.

"I don't want to bring Alex up here right now if he's not going to play," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "And we've got enough outfielders with [Rick] Ankiel coming up, and that's going to create another player to put in the mix. To me, he's better off down there playing every day until something opens up."

Gordon is doing well in the outfield, switching from third base.

"He's doing great down there. Really taking to it, working hard and doing fine," Yost said.

Ankiel is with Omaha on an injury rehabilitation assignment, and his return date is uncertain, although it likely won't be during the upcoming three-game home series against the Houston Astros.

Royals pitchers tie dubious mark

CINCINNATI -- Those four Cincinnati batters getting hit by Kansas City pitches in Saturday night's 11-5 Reds win matched a record for both teams.

It is the fifth time that Royals pitchers have hit four batters in one game, the previous occasion coming on April 15, 2000, against the Yankees. The Reds had been hit four times on just three occasions since 1887 and not since Sept. 5, 1965, against Philadelphia at old Crosley Field.

Royals reliever Kanekoa Texeira hit Jonny Gomes twice, and reliever Dusty Hughes hit Chris Heisey and Paul Janish, both pinch-hitters.

"I think we got maybe three shirts," Royals manager Ned Yost said of pitches that just brushed batters. "Gomes got it good one time, but everything else nipped shirts, and some of them you couldn't even tell."

With Gomes banging two home runs against starter Brian Bannister before getting hit, that might have raised eyebrows, but home-plate umpire Tim Welke apparently wasn't suspicious and issued no warnings. Gomes was brushed in the shirt the first time but was plunked hard in the left shoulder the second time. The idea was to pitch inside to Gomes, Yost said.

"You know what happens with Gomes if you don't get it in," Yost said. "We saw the fans all having fun looking for souvenirs out there, right? So I'm sure Tex was trying to go in and got a little too far in with a good run on it."

Callaspo out of starting lineup

CINCINNATI -- Slumping third baseman Alberto Callaspo was given a break from the Royals' starting lineup on Sunday against the Reds.

In 18 games since May 25, Callaspo was just 12-for-72 (.167) with three RBIs.

"His hands are dragging a little bit and his front shoulder's coming off a little bit, and that makes his hand drag through the zone," manager Ned Yost said. "He hasn't had a day off, I don't know. ..."

Well, he hadn't had a day off since Opening Day when he was still getting over a strained side suffered in Spring Training. He had played every game since. Monday is an off-day, so that will provide another breather.

"It'll definitely help," Yost said.

Wilson Betemit, who whacked two homers in his previous start at Minnesota, replaced Callaspo at third.

By the way, the only Royals player to play all 64 games is Jose Guillen, who started in right field for the third straight day in Sunday's Interleague game after being the designated hitter in most games.

Worth noting

No changes in the starting pitching rotation are envisioned by manager Ned Yost before the All-Star break begins on July 12. That means Kyle Davies, Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar will pitch in that order in the three-game series against the Astros at Kauffman Stadium that opens on Tuesday night. Then Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke will pitch the first two games of the weekend at Atlanta. ... Three more choices from the First-Year Player Draft have signed with the Royals -- all right-handed pitchers: 12th round, Daniel Hernandez, Miami-Dade; 14th round, Michael Giovenco, North Park U.; and 22nd round, Tyler Graham, Nevada-Las Vegas. That makes 18 of the 50 players the Royals drafted last week under contract but none of the first five has signed. More signings were expected Sunday as the draftees gathered at the Royals' Surprise, Ariz., base for a mini-camp. The Royals also signed undrafted first baseman Seth Furmanek from Oral Roberts.