Luke Hochevar also made his first spring outing for Kansas City, pitching two scoreless innings after Guthrie left.
“I felt like it was a lot better than (the intrasquad game last week),” the reliever said. “My tempo and execution were a lot better.”
After struggling as a starter, Hochevar found a home in the Royals‘ bullpen last season, with a 1.92 ERA in 70 innings as a setup man for All-Star closer Greg Holland.
White Sox: Reliever Matt Lindstrom, who has been out since last Wednesday with a strained oblique, will throw off a mound on Tuesday. The injury isn’t believed to be serious, but as it’s still very early, Lindstrom and the White Sox are taking all precautions.
“I alerted them early so I wouldn’t injure it more extensively,” said Lindstrom, entering his eighth big league season. He said he’d never had an injury of any kind in that area until now.
Second baseman Gordon Beckham was scratched from Monday’s game due to general soreness. “It’s not really a big deal,” he said. … Ventura said he expects Jeff Keppinger, who has missed time with arm issues, to be back in the field by the weekend and will get some at-bats as a DH before then. The manager said Keppinger, who mostly played third last season, might play second base when he returns to the field.
BUTLER AT FIRST
With Eric Hosmer off Monday, Billy Butler got the start at first base for Kansas City. Usually the Royals‘ designated hitter, Butler will see more time in the field this season as Royals manager Ned Yost seeks to give Hosmer more rest.
“For us to be a championship team, you can’t run (Hosmer) out there every day,” Butler said. “Your goal is to have Eric fresh in September, give him some breaks in day games.”
Butler began a 3-6-3 double play on a hard-hit ball by Chicago’s speedy Jordan Danks.
“I’ve played it a lot in the past, so I’m comfortable over there,” Butler said. “I got in a little better shape this offseason. I’m moving around a little better.”
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who homered twice against the Cubs on Sunday, had a scheduled day off.
David Reinsdorf, son of White Sox and Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, died Monday at age 51. Services will be private. A moment of silence was observed before Monday’s game.