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Mike Sweeney


Sweeney, who is rehabbing with Triple-A Omaha, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI double on Sunday. Sweeney, who went on the disabled list May 2 with a bulging disc, could be activated by Tuesday.


Sweeney, out since May 2 with a bulging disc, said he plans to start a rehab assignment next week at Double-A Wichita. The Kansas City first baseman has been plagued with back problems for several years. "I'm going to get 20-to-25 at-bats in and then come back," said Sweeney, who hopes to return to the big leagues around July 2. "Our team has been playing great lately and I'd love to help pitch in."


According to the Kansas City Royals' Web site, Sweeney has a bulging cervical disc that he originally felt while running out a grounder in Monday night's 3-2 loss to Detroit. Reportedly he is out indefinitely, though the Royals' Web site notes the disc isn't the same one that forced him out of 54 games in 2003 and 56 more the following season. He is headed for the disabled list.


Sweeney, who has been out since March 9 with a bone bruise in his left leg, returned to spring training action Tuesday. The Royals' star contributed an RBI single in the seventh inning of a 6-4 Kansas City win over Milwaukee.


Sweeney, who has been out two weeks with a bone bruise in his left ankle, is tentatively scheduled to take batting practice Friday. The Kansas City Star is reporting that if all goes well on Friday, the Royals' best hitter could begin playing exhibition games again on Saturday.


The Kansas City Star is reporting that Sweeney will miss at least two weeks with a bone bruise in his left ankle. The Royals' DH-first baseman is expected to wear a boot on his left foot for the next two weeks to limit the movement of his ankle. Reportedly the injury has been building during the spring and can't be pinned to a specific event on the field.


After sitting five days with lower back discomfort, Sweeney returned to the Kansas City Royals' lineup Monday and went 2-for-3 in a 5-0 win over Minnesota. He played in his 118th game on Monday, his highest total since 2002, and he's batting .295 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI for the season.


Sweeney missed his third consecutive game Saturday, although he did take batting practice.


Sweeney was in the Royals' original lineup for Thursday's meeting with the Cleveland Indians, but he was a last-minute scratch after reporting some stiffness in his lower back. He was replaced at first base by Matt Stairs and has been listed as day-to-day.


Sweeney awoke with a slight twinge in his lower back on Monday, and the Kansas City Royals chose to be conservative and kept him out of the lineup Monday night. The DH-first baseman's history of back woes probably inspired the conservative approach. Sweeney, who is hitting .300 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI this season, is day-to-day in an effort to avoid a lengthy stint on the sidelines.


Sweeney's left hand and wrist remained sore over the weekend, from getting hit by a Pete Walker pitch on Friday. The Royals' DH-first baseman didn't make an appearance either Saturday or Sunday against Toronto, though Royals manager Buddy Bell said Sweeney might be available for pinch-hitting duty.


Sweeney was hit in the left hand by a pitch on Friday night, during the first inning of the Royals' 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Royals' designated hitter was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which detected only a bruise. Sweeney is listed as day-to-day.


Sweeney provided the Kansas City Royals with their only scoring in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins, belting a pair of solo home runs. The first baseman, who also added a single, now has 15 multihomer games in his major league career.


Sweeney hit safely in his first five at bats in the Royals' 12-8 win over the Twins, before ending his streak of eight straight hits by grounding out in the eighth inning. The eight consecutive hits tied the club record, and the five-hit game was the first of his career.


Sweeney was back in the Royals lineup on Friday after taking a pitch in the left forearm during the first inning of Wednesday's game against Seattle. Sweeney was forced to miss Thursday's game due to the contusion.


Five days after coming off the disabled list for a left wrist injury, Sweeney took an Aaron Sele pitch off the left forearm during the first inning of the Royals' 5-1 win over Seattle Wednesday. He left before his next at-bat for X-rays, which established that there were no broken bones. Sweeney is day-to-day with a forearm contusion.


As anticipated, Sweeney was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Kansas City Royals in time for Friday's meeting with the Los Angeles Angels. The slugger, who missed more than two weeks with a sore wrist, takes the roster spot of the demoted Justin Huber.


Reportedly Sweeney will be activated in time for Kansas City's Friday night showdown with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Royals' first baseman showed steady improvement this week, and he could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday. Sweeney is batting .299 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 54 games this season.


Sweeney's sore left wrist has shown marked improvement since the weekend, fueling the possibility that the Royals' DH-first baseman could be activated from the disabled list on Friday. That is the first day he is eligible to come off the DL.


Sweeney took practice swings Sunday for the third straight day, but the Royals' DH-first baseman continues to experience pain in his left wrist. While he is eligible to return July 1 from the disabled list, the discomfort he's feeling suggests he won't be ready to come back on Friday.


On Monday, the Kansas City Royals put Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left wrist. The move is retroactive to June 16, the day after he was injured in a collision with the Dodgers' Jayson Werth. Sweeney is batting . 299 with nine homers and 37 RBI in 54 games.


Sweeney, who has missed the past four games with a sprained left wrist and elbow, suffered a setback while taking practice swings and hitting off a tee Sunday. His left arm wasn't feeling well after the workout and Sweeney received a cortisone shot on Sunday.


Sweeney missed his third consecutive game with a sprained left wrist and elbow when he sat out Saturday's game. The Royals have Sweeney scheduled to take swings again on Sunday, and the DH-first baseman will be re-evaluated by team trainers after his hitting session.


The Kansas City Royals will be without Sweeney for at least a few days, after the first baseman sprained his left wrist and elbow in a collision with the Dodgers' Jayson Werth at the bag. Werth ran into Sweeney's non-throwing hand while charging down the line.


Sweeney went 0-for-4 in Kansas City's loss to St. Louis Saturday, ending his 14-game hitting streak. During the streak, the Royals' DH-first baseman batted .415 (22-for-53) with six doubles, seven homers and 15 RBI.


On Wednesday, Sweeney played for the first time in a week. He's been out of the Kansas City lineup with soreness in his right oblique muscle, yet managed a hit in four trips to the plate in the Royals' loss to Baltimore Wednesday. After a week off, Sweeney extended his hitting streak to a dozen games.


Sweeney was held out of the Royals lineup on Tuesday with soreness in his right oblique muscle. Sweeney has missed the team's last three games, and although he took batting practice and swung free and easy, interim manager Bob Schaefer chose not to start the veteran first baseman.

Sweeney should be ready to play tomorrow. Although you missed today's game, fantasy managers should have confidence to start him on Wednesday.


Sweeney missed his third straight game on Saturday when he was not in the Royals' lineup due to a strained right oblique muscle. Reports from the team's clubhouse state that Sweeney should be back in Kansas City's lineup on Tuesday.

Sweeney is off to a great start for the Royals this season, batting .328 with 11 doubles, nine home runs and 29 RBI in 34 games. They need him back in the lineup if they expect to win any games at all.


Sweeney was scratched from Kansas City's win over Tampa Bay on Thursday because of soreness in his right oblique muscle. The day off put Sweeney's 11-game hitting streak on hold. The DH-first baseman has batted .429 with seven home runs during his 11-game run, generating 12 runs and 12 RBI.


Sweeney singled in his final at-bat on Wednesday, advancing his hitting streak to 11 games. He's batting .429 during his run, with four doubles, seven homers, 12 runs scored and 12 RBI.

Despite all the run production by Sweeney, the Royals are 3-8 during his 11-game hitting streak.


After delivering a first-inning home run in Kansas City's loss to Toronto Tuesday night, Sweeney has a 10-game hitting streak. During the streak, Sweeney is hitting .459 (17-for-37) with four doubles, seven homers, 12 runs scored and 12 RBI.

Despite Sweeney's run, the Royals are 3-7 in those 10 games and manager Tony Pena had seen enough bad baseball. Pena resigned Tuesday, and an interim manager, current bench coach Bob Schaefer, will see if Sweeney can continue his hot-hitting ways.


With two hits, including a homer, in Kansas City's win over Baltimore on Sunday, Sweeney has an eight-game hitting streak in which he's 15-for-29 (.517). What's even more impressive than batting better than .500 during his run is his power stroke. Sweeney has four doubles, six homers and a 1.276 slugging mark over those eight games. He also has scored 11 runs and driven in 11.


With a pair of doubles and two RBI in Kansas City's 4-2 loss to Chicago on Wednesday, Sweeney continues his hot hitting for the Royals. The DH-first baseman had a pair of homers on both Sunday and Tuesday, and in his last seven games, he's hitting .400 (10-for-25) with five doubles, four homers and nine RBI.

Despite Sweeney's hot bat, the Royals are just 2-5 over those seven games.