KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder David DeJesus, working to return from right thumb surgery, is making progress.

"I can at least start grabbing things now," DeJesus said on Monday.

He also has started wearing a glove on that hand -- the thumb protected by a removable cast -- and catching a thrown ball although very carefully.

DeJesus was hurt on July 22 at Yankee Stadium, when he jammed his glove hand into the wall while trying for a catch. He underwent surgery four days later.

"It's getting there, it's feeling good," DeJesus said. "The doctor said eight to 10 weeks and we're at week seven right now. So it's right on schedule. I went last week to Cleveland and the doctor said the motion's getting good, the surgery looks like it's going well, all the scar tissue in there is healing like it's supposed to be healing."

Although DeJesus would like to play before the season ends, he admits that probably won't happen due to the risk of re-injury.

His recovery is going so well that he can even shake hands again, sort of.

"I give 'em the limp," he said, grinning.

Dyson makes first start in leadoff spot

KANSAS CITY -- The 50th round is the last round of the annual First-Year Player Draft. At least you're an official selection, but you're at the back of the line and obviously the odds are against you making it to the Major Leagues.

Even so, Jarrod Dyson overcame being the Royals' final choice in the 2006 Draft and he's in Kansas City now. In fact, on Monday against Oakland, he was in the starting lineup for the first time -- leading off and playing center field.

"When you're 50th round, you feel like you've got to prove something and let the guys know that you can play at this level," Dyson said. "I'm just glad they chose me and I'm here now."

Dyson entered the game against the A's after appearing in three games with two plate appearances -- a strikeout and a walk. He'd already logged his first stolen base and his first run but he was still looking for his first hit.

It didn't take him long to get it. On a 3-2 count in the first inning, Dyson belted a double over the head of left fielder Rajai Davis and to the base of the fence. The afternoon crowd gave Dyson a standing ovation when his accomplishment was posted on the Crown Vision message board.

"I was looking for the fastball over the plate and got it," Dyson said. "Davis is pretty fast out there and I was just hoping it got over his head."

It did. However, while Billy Butler was at bat, Dyson broke toward third as if to steal but then stopped halfway down the line.

"Because I just knew he had me," Dyson said. "When I saw the third baseman crash to third, I knew if I kept going I was going to be a dead out so I was hoping to get in a rundown and they'd throw one away."

But the A's didn't and Dyson was tagged out easily.

Royals manager Ned Yost put the left-handed-hitting Dyson in the lineup even though the A's were starting a left-hander, Bobby Cramer. It was Cramer's big league debut, at the ripe old age of 30.

"We've got a number of our top prospects who are left-handed and these guys are going to have to hit left-handers," Yost said.

White Sox left-hander Matt Thornton struck out Dyson, a late entry in Sunday's game at Chicago.

"That was a little unfair," Yost said. "He struck out and he came back and I said, 'Do you know who just struck you out? And he goes, 'No.' And I said, 'Well, he's an All-Star so don't feel too bad about it.' Then coming up again, he was going to face [Chris] Sale, the left-hander who throws 100 [mph]. [Lucas] May had already gotten his first big league hit so I told Dyson, 'You're the only one left.' And he goes, 'Well, I'm fix'n' to get mine right now.' So it didn't intimidate him at all that the kid was throwing 100 miles an hour left-handed, low three-quarters. So I don't think left-handed pitching is going to bother him too much. But we've got to find out."

Dyson was in the on-deck circle when Sunday's game ended so he didn't get his chance against Sale.

In Monday's game, his leadoff double turned out to be his only hit as he went 1-for-4 in the Royals' 3-1 loss to the A's. He also made an error when he missed a line drive in the second inning, permitting a run to score.

But at least his first Major League hit was in the books.

"When I saw it go over his head, I knew I had the first one," Dyson said.

Soria T-shirt giveaway at Viva Los Royals

KANSAS CITY -- It's the fourth annual Viva Los Royals celebration before Tuesday night's Royals game against Oakland and, appropriately, the first 20,000 fans will receive T-shirts celebrating Mexico's Joakim Soria.

The game is at 7:10 p.m. CT but the Viva Los Royals event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Outfield Experience at Kauffman Stadium.

The entertainment will include dance performances by el Grupo Atotonilco and live music by Gustavo Cornejo, Kontrolando Show and MRM courtesy of La Suyper X-1250 AM. The T-shirts honoring two-time All-Star Soria are from Sprint. Fans will also receive a Hispanic media guide with information on the club's Hispanic players and on-field staff.

Getz available after mild concussion

KANSAS CITY -- Second baseman Chris Getz wasn't in the Royals' lineup on Monday but he was available to play after suffering a mild concussion during Sunday's 12-6 loss at Chicago.

As he was stealing second base, the throw struck him on the back of the head and he was taken out of the game.

"He had some dizziness, a slight concussion. He felt much better after the game, so he's fine," Royals manager Ned Yost said.