Royals’ Ankiel out a week with ankle injury

Kansas City Royals outfielder Rick Ankiel will miss at least a

week of spring training with a right ankle injury.

Manager Trey Hillman said Sunday he would hold Ankiel out of

spring training games for another six to seven days with the sore

right ankle. Ankiel was scratched from the lineup Friday with the

injury and Hillman was optimistic Ankiel could return after a

couple of days rest, but the Royals opted to give him additional

time off.

The Royals signed Ankiel as a free agent on Jan. 25 to be the

starting center fielder. He has hit .214 in six exhibition games

with a home run, triple and four RBIs.