SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Catcher Jason Kendall is getting to the point in his recovery from shoulder surgery that he's about ready to try throws to second base.
"I'm playing a lot of long toss, and that's going to happen very soon," he said. "It's coming along very good."
Kendall, who underwent extensive shoulder surgery last Sept. 3, was asked if he felt like a new man.
"I feel like a new shoulder," he said, smiling.
Kendall remembered last August when, even though his right arm was hanging, he fell back on the time-honored refrain to gloss over injuries: "It's all in your head." He tried that approach on Royals physical therapist Jeff Blum, but he wasn't buying.
"He said, 'No, Jason, it's pretty much all in your shoulder,' " Kendall said.