KANSAS CITY -- Zack Greinke's reign as the American League Cy Young Award winner is winding down. The top candidates to succeed him are the Yankees' CC Sabathia and the Mariners' Felix Hernandez.
"I can't really make up my mind yet on CC and Felix. I think Felix has pitched the best this year," Greinke said. "But then CC faces a tougher division in a tougher home park -- and that makes it tougher to put up good individual numbers. And CC has been the best pitcher in the American League, just from his standpoint."
Sabathia leads the AL in victories with a 19-6 record and Hernandez, though just 11-11 going into Friday night's game against Texas, was leading in ERA at 2.39. Greinke noted that those pitchers ranked 1-2 in innings pitched, which he regards as an important part of the equation.
Greinke won the award last year with a 16-8 record, three fewer wins than the AL leaders including Hernandez, but led in ERA at 2.16. And, like Hernandez, he pitched for a last-place club.
Greinke's final opinion at season's end would be interesting, but he doesn't get a vote. That's done by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Getz still unavailable after concussion
KANSAS CITY -- Second baseman Chris Getz is still not available to the Royals because of a concussion he suffered in Sunday's game in Chicago.
Manager Ned Yost explained that Getz underwent tests on Thursday's off-day, checking his heart rate while riding a bike and having his head bob up and down while on an elliptical machine.
"He did fine on the bike when he got his heart rate up but when he got on the elliptical, he started getting that fogginess thing again," Yost said. "So we're going to lay off him today and put him back on tomorrow, and see where he's at. But he's making progress."
Getz was struck in the back of the head by a thrown ball while stealing second base.
Betemit puts his name in '11 equation
KANSAS CITY -- Wilson Betemit has thrust himself into the Royals' 2011 picture with his productive hitting -- .321 average, 12 homers and 39 RBIs in 73 games after going 2-for-4 in Friday night's 11-4 loss to the Indians.
Since Alberto Callaspo was traded on July 22, Betemit has been the Royals' regular third baseman. Yet next season, that could become the position of top prospect Mike Moustakas -- who had another terrific Minor League season.
So manager Ned Yost was asked if Betemit could play the outfield.
"He's very adequate out there," Yost said. "That's what we like about Wilson Betemit -- his versatility. He can play short, he can play second, actually his best position is first base. But he can play left field, too."
Betemit, a switch-hitter, has been on a tear. He has a six-game streak (13-for-25, .520) going and, in the two previous games against the A's, he had a total of eight RBIs.
Arguelles likely to throw in January
KANSAS CITY -- Noel Arguelles, the left-handed pitcher signed by the Royals last winter, should be able to resume throwing in early January, according to general manager Dayton Moore.
Arguelles underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder last month.
"It went very well and he should start a throwing program in early January," Moore said. "We're going to be cautious with him."
The Royals signed Arguelles, a highly-regarded Cuban defector, for nearly $7 million. But he has yet to pitch in the Minor Leagues.
"We were comfortable with the physical exams," Moore said. "It's just one of those things. The good news is he's young and strong, and we're confident he's going to overcome it."
Arguelles, 20, defected in 2008 while at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada. He spent several months preparing for showcases in front of Major League scouts and the Royals, after signing him, announced he would rest for a time. Then, shoulder problems developed at the Royals' complex in Surprise, Ariz.
"He'll pitch sometime next year," Moore said.
Coats to be collected at Girls Night Out
KANSAS CITY -- The ladies attending the Girls Night Out event on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium should remember to bring their coats. Not to wear, but to donate to the annual Royals Coat Drive.
Royals wives and volunteers will be collecting coats for needy folks in the Kansas City area from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. CT in the Outfield Experience and inside Gate B. New or gently-used coats of all sizes are needed and will be distributed by the Johnson County Christmas Bureau.
The annual Girls Night Out will start before the Royals-Indians game with a happy hour at 3:30 p.m. in the Outfield Experience and special ticket packages are available at www.royals.com/girlsnightout. In addition, the first 10,000 ladies will receive a Royals knit cap.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.