MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Aaron Crow rejoined the Royals on Thursday, confident he was over an illness that tempered his All-Star Game experience.
Crow had a sore throat and fever the day before the All-Star Game in Phoenix, but the Royals reliever said Thursday he's much better and ready to pitch out of the bullpen.
"I wouldn't say I'm back to normal yet, but I'm feeling a lot better," he said after taking part in the Royals' full-squad workout before Thursday night's game against Minnesota.
Later, in the eighth inning of the Royals' 8-4 loss, Crow looked perfectly healthy as he retired all three batters he faced.
Even though he pitched Sunday for the Royals, he wasn't feeling his best before joining Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander's group that evening on a private jet to the 82nd Midsummer Classic.
"I wasn't feeling well Sunday before I went. I just thought it was allergies or something, but it just kept getting worse," Crow said. "Monday was probably the worst it was. Tuesday it started to get better, but I felt pretty bad. The doctor said it was probably strep throat, but it was the worst time that it came."
Crow did not pitch for the American League during its 5-1 loss to the National League, but it wasn't his illness that kept him out of the game.
"They told me before [the game started] I was only going to pitch if it went extra innings or somebody reached their pitch count or something like that," Crow said. "They had that planned out beforehand."
Although Crow didn't get in the game, he had a good time visiting with his fellow AL pitchers in the bullpen.
"All those guys are pretty cool -- [Brandon] League, [Jose] Valverde, [Jordan] Walden, [Chris] Perez. They were all great guys and it was fun to get to talk to them," he said.
Crow felt well enough to attend almost all the activities except for the postgame parties.
"I think the adrenaline kicked in, because afterward when I was back in the hotel after the game, I kind of felt bad," he said. "During the Home Run Derby on Monday I felt fine, but I think the atmosphere and everything made me feel a lot better."
His parents, brother, Travis, and sister, Jennifer, were among those who traveled to Phoenix for the game.
"I had an awesome time. It was a great experience," Crow said. "Hopefully I can go back again sometime and get to re-live it again. ... Maybe next year at home. But we'll see."
The 2012 All-Star Game will be in Kansas City.
Moustakas shakes off illness during the break
MINNEAPOLIS -- While Royals pitcher Aaron Crow was a bit under the weather at the All-Star Game, third baseman Mike Moustakas wasn't feeling much better back home.
Moustakas also had a sore throat during the break, but felt well enough to be in the starting lineup for Thursday night's game against the Twins.
"[Wednesday] it hit me right in the face, I felt pretty miserable," Moustakas said after Thursday's early afternoon workout at Target Field. "But I slept during our hour-and-a-half flight here last night, got a good night's sleep and I feel a lot better."
Treanor set for full-time duty behind plate
MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher Matt Treanor's sore knee healed enough over the break that he's back to full-time duty, according to Royals manager Ned Yost.
Treanor caught just two of the Royals' last seven games before the All-Star break and he'll be behind the plate on Friday night when Luke Hochevar starts against the Twins.
Injured on July 3 at Colorado, Treanor normally catches the Royals' younger pitchers, while Brayan Pena catches the more experienced pitchers.
Pena started on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI single in an 8-4 loss.
Duffy needs to economize during starts
MINNEAPOLIS -- Left-hander Danny Duffy, dispatched to Triple-A Omaha to make one start on Thursday night, displayed economy in his pitches during six innings against the New Orleans club.
Duffy gave up four runs, but made just 78 pitches, 52 of them strikes, while issuing zero walks with five strikeouts. He allowed seven hits, including a solo home run.
He had no decision in the Storm Chasers' 7-5 loss to the Zephrys at Omaha.
One of Duffy's downsides with the Royals has been a high pitch count for the number of innings he pitches. In each of his last four starts, Duffy walked just one batter but made 90 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, 91 in seven, 92 in five and 102 in six. The 91 in seven wasn't bad, but the others were pushing it a bit.
"I'd say 75 percent of it is [lack of] command and I'd say the other part of it is he's got real good stuff," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "So he throws fastballs up in the zone that they foul back instead of making solid contact with and, in the course of a game, he'll have 15 to 20 foul balls because of stuff alone. They can't center it and they just foul it. His pitch count gets up because of that."
Yost said Duffy would return to start against the White Sox on Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Storm Chasers contribute for PCL All-Stars
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Pacific Coast League All-Stars managed just three hits in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday night, but the Omaha Storm Chasers accounted for two of them.
Second baseman Johnny Giavotella and designated hitter Clint Robinson each hit singles in the PCL's 3-0 loss to the International League at Salt Lake City. Giavotella also participated in two double plays.
Omaha pitcher Luis Mendoza pitched a scoreless third inning despite giving up two hits.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.