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
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.