KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander John Parrish encountered an apparent setback during his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha.
He was removed from a game on Sunday and will be examined by Royals physicians in Kansas City. He pitched two innings in three games for Omaha, giving up two runs.
Parrish has been on the disabled list, retroactive to April 25, because of left shoulder inflammation. In nine games for the Royals, he was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA.
Butler finishes road trip with a flourish
KANSAS CITY -- Billy Butler finished the last road trip with a flurry, going 7-for-10 in the final two games in Cincinnati. That came after a five-game slowdown in which he went 3-for-18, which translates to a .167 average.
"I didn't look at it as a big slump," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "You go through little ups and downs as a hitter; the season's so long, you're not going to put up those types of offensive numbers unless you're an elite player, and Billy's really working toward that offensively."
Butler emerged from the trip with a .335 average that, entering Tuesday, had him tied for fifth in the American League.
"I'm trying to get back to [hitting the ball to] right field. They've been pounding me in hard, and I've been rolling over some, so I made them come to me today," Butler said after a 4-for-5 game on Sunday.
His two-run homer on Sunday went to right-center field, and his two-run double was down the right-field line, normally prime spots for the right-handed hitter.
"He was pulling off the ball a little bit, and guys were pounding him in, so he thought he needed to turn on the ball a little more instead of being patient and hitting to his strength, which is right-center field," Yost said.
Selig to make announcement on Wednesday
KANSAS CITY -- Fans holding tickets for Wednesday night's Royals-Astros game have been invited to hear Commissioner Bud Selig's special announcement at 5 p.m. CT on the Kauffman Stadium field.
It is expected that Selig will announce that the 2012 All-Star Game will be awarded to Kansas City.
Gates to the stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. CT.
Royals players will be on the field for the announcement, which will be followed by batting practice at 5:30 p.m. CT.
KC inks eighth-round pick, among others
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have signed half of their 50 selections in the First-Year Player Draft, which ended last Wednesday. However, none of the first five picks have signed.
The latest to sign are: eighth round, pitcher Michael Mariot, University of Nebraska.; 15th round, pitcher Jason Mitchell, University of Texas-Arlington; 17th, catcher Phillip Jenkins, Auburn University; 33rd, pitcher Anthony Lohden, Southern Arkansas University; 39th, pitcher Alex Rivers, Santa Clara University; 40th, catcher Dale Cornstubble, Central Michigan University; and 45th, shortstop Thomas Zebroski, George Washington University.
The Royals also signed three undrafted pitchers: Justin Figueroa, University of Tampa; James Martin, University of Memphis, and Tyler Gatrell, Marshall University.
Quigley helps community's animals
KANSAS CITY -- Kate Quigley, a Royals nominee in the All-Stars Among Us program, attended Tuesday night's game against the Astros.
Quigley established Chain of Hope, an organization that provides essential items for neglected and abused cats and dogs in Kansas City.
The other nominees, who also will attend games during the series, are JoAnne Fluke, co-founder of Groovability, which allows disabled persons to dance with non-disabled partners in the KC community, and Marcia Merrick, who spends 60 hours each week feeding the hungry and homeless on the streets of Kansas City.
Fans can vote online for the Royals' representative.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.