His nephew, Lance Cpl. Timothy Michael Bell Jr., was among 14 U.S. Marines killed Wednesday in a roadside bombing in western Iraq. The 22-year-old was a son of Buddy Bell's brother.
Bell learned of his death before Wednesday night's game. He has had many messages of condolences through phone calls and e-mails since the tragedy.
"There are a lot of good people out there, a lot of caring people," Bell said.
The Royals announced there would be a moment of silence for Tim Bell and the others killed from the Ohio-based unit before Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics in Kansas City.
Military Appreciation Night had been planned previously for Saturday night. There will be a 21-gun salute and a moment of silence observed for all servicemen and women who have given their lives in Iraq.
"On behalf of the entire Royals family, we offer our sincerest condolences to the Bell family," Royals president Dan Glass said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Buddy, his family and all of the service men and women protecting our freedom. Situations like this put baseball in perspective. True heroes are the brave men fighting for our country."
No services or memorials for Tim Bell have yet been set, Buddy Bell said.
"I'm not sure what I'm doing. Obviously, I'm going back for the service. I talked to my brother. I think I'm just going to play it by ear," he said.
"I'll be gone a couple of days at least, I just don't know when."
DeJesus leaves game: Center fielder David DeJesus suffered a mild concussion after his head collided with Red Sox shortstop Edgar Renteria's knee while stealing second base in the third inning Thursday.
DeJesus remained in the game, but he was feeling woozy.
"I couldn't focus very well," he said after the game. "I'm feeling better, little by little."
After scoring a run in the third, he was replaced by Chip Ambres.
Starting woes: Even though only one of the five runs charged to D.J. Carrasco was earned in Thursday's 11-9 loss, the Royals' starting pitchers are having a rough go.
In the last 12 games, the starters are 2-9 with a 7.95 ERA. They've allowed 53 earned runs and 79 hits in 60 innings.
Royals trivia: The Royals will hold the 1985 World Series Reunion on Aug. 12-14 at Kauffman Stadium. What special distinction did the championship earn for the Royals? (Answer below.)
Bautista seems OK: Right-hander Denny Bautista tested his shoulder again Thursday and pitching coach Guy Hansen said the results were fine.
"His shoulder felt great and he could really let it go," Hansen said.
Bautista, who has not pitched since May 11, threw about 50 times from 90 feet or more. Just when Bautista will pitch again is uncertain.
"We're thinking that by September, he'll be in a game somewhere," Hansen said.
Trivia answer: The Royals became the first American League expansion team to win a World Series.
On deck: The red-hot Oakland A's will be at Kauffman Stadium over the weekend. The series opener is at 7:10 p.m. CT on Friday night. Right-hander Zack Greinke (3-13, 6.14 ERA) will start for the Royals against the A's Kirk Saarloos (7-6, 4.06 ERA).