Notes: Several arms continue to heal

Notes: Several arms continue to heal

KANSAS CITY -- Kyle Snyder headed to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday to work on becoming a starting pitcher for the Royals.

Denny Bautista, a starter out with a shoulder problem, threw a simulated game and had the catcher's glove popping with some serious heat.

Scott Sullivan, a reliever who hasn't pitched all season, also threw in the simulated game. The results were encouraging.

"We're encouraged with those three, and [Brian] Anderson, too," pitching coach Guy Hansen said.

Anderson, a left-handed starter out with elbow problems, has been throwing off flat ground and should have his first bullpen session this weekend.

If all those projects go well, the Royals soon will be overloaded with pitchers.

Snyder, coming off a season lost to arm surgery, began the 2005 campaign as a reliever before going on the disabled list May 10 with a shoulder strain. He'll start Thursday night at Oklahoma City and go three innings or 40 pitches, whichever comes first.

When Snyder is ready to return, it will be as a starter.

"Yeah, that's what we plan on doing," manager Buddy Bell said. "It'll depend on how he does in a start or two."

Bautista, who can throw 97 or 98 mph when healthy, drew a large crowd to the batting cage for his first outing against hitters. Hansen has modified Bautista's delivery, lowering his hands, a la Bret Saberhagen.

"I don't know how hard I was throwing today, but somebody told me I was throwing 95 or 96 [mph]," Bautista said.

Bautista, after two or three more sessions, could be ready for an injury rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues sometime next week.

Sullivan, beset by back problems, has resumed throwing from a near three-quarters angle after once again abandoning his sidearm style.

"He's as tough as they come so, hopefully, he can get it done that way," Bell said.

Sullivan still hopes to get back in the bullpen.

"This process has been a lot slower and a lot more frustrating than I ever thought it would be," he said.

Emil knows the long ball: Perhaps we were a bit hasty in the most recent Royals mailbag, nixing the possibility that a batter would hit the Dodge parked high on the grassy hill at Kauffman Stadium.

Emil Brown did not hit the Dodge in Wednesday's batting practice. He hit a ball over the truck.

"It went over. It didn't hit it, it went over," said third base coach Luis Silverio, who served up the pitch that Brown belted. The truck lies about 470 feet from home plate.

Silverio said that early in the season, Brown hit the concession stand beyond the left-field seats on the fly.

"He's a strong human being right there," Silverio said.

What have we got here, the next Bo Jackson?

"I don't want to be the second Bo Jackson," Brown said. "I want to be the first Emil."

   Brian Anderson  /   P
Born: 04/26/72
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L

Blogging along: Anderson became the first active Major League player with his own blog on MLBlogs.com. The site, titled "Confessions of a Left-Hander," made its debut Wednesday.

Fans can find Anderson's comments on various topics at briananderson.mlblogs.com.

Royals trivia: What pitcher gave up two of the three longest home runs in Kauffman Stadium history? See the answer below.

Farm report: Adrian Brown's RBI single tied it at 3 in the ninth, but Omaha lost, 5-3, to Oklahoma in 12 on Tuesday. Danny Tamayo (5.16 ERA) gave up just two runs in seven innings.

Cory Aldridge's three-run homer was his 14th of the season in Double-A Wichita's 8-4 loss to Tulsa on Tuesday. Wranglers starter Ryan Baerlocher worked six scoreless innings.

Brandon Powell belted two homers and drove in five runs in Class A High Desert's 9-6 win over Visalia on Tuesday. Winning pitcher Kahi Kaanoi allowed two runs in seven innings to move to 4-6 with a 5.32 ERA. ... Edward Lucas had two hits, raising his average to .321, in Class A Burlington's 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids on Tuesday.

Trivia answer: Jackson's 475-foot blast off Seattle's Mike Moore on Sept. 14, 1986, is recorded as the longest homer hit at Kauffman Stadium. But Royals lefty Paul Splittorff surrendered the next two on the list -- 472 feet by Dick Allen on June 26, 1974, and 462 feet by Greg Luzinski on Aug. 22, 1983, when each played for the White Sox.

"Both solo shots," recalled Splittorff, now a Royals broadcaster. "So they weren't big ones."

Just long ones.

On deck: The Royals wrap up their three-game Interleague series against Los Angeles at 7:10 p.m. CT on Thursday night. Zack Greinke will start for the Royals, while Derek Lowe gets the call for the Dodgers.

The Royals will celebrate RBI Night at the game, hosting more than 1,200 Kansas City-area kids from the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. The kids will parade around the stadium, and select members will take part in a first-pitch ceremony with team captain Mike Sweeney.

Sweeney was voted as "Role Model of the Year" by youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City last January. He has pledged $100 for each RBI he collects this season.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.