KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Lucas May joined the Royals for the first time on Wednesday, slipped into uniform No. 22 and enjoyed the sensation immensely.
"It's amazing," May said. "I've been waiting for this day for seven years. When I was traded over here I was all smiles. I felt like it was a better opportunity and now that it's all come true, it's a feeling I can't explain now. It's just awesome."
May was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization in the trade for outfielder Scott Podsednik on July 28. He was called up from Triple-A Omaha for the rest of the season.
"It's amazing. This is my first time being up. I've been in Spring Trainings, but I've never been to a Major League home clubhouse and walking in here and just seeing how nice and neat everything is and how big it is -- tables everywhere and TVs, it's awesome, it really is," May said.
"You try to get a picture in your mind, but it really doesn't compare to actually seeing it in the flesh. It's pretty cool."
He'll get ample playing time with regular catcher Jason Kendall out for the season for right shoulder surgery, sharing time with backup Brayan Pena.
May, from Chesterfield, Mo., hit .275 in 24 games with Omaha. Including his record with Albuquerque, also in the Pacific Coast League, he had a .283 average with 16 homers and 59 RBIs.