Catchers Pena, May, Pina continue to compete

Catchers Pena, May, Pina continue to compete

Catchers Pena, May, Pina continue to compete
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Royals' catching job is still sort of catch on as catch can.

Nothing is established as Brayan Pena, Lucas May and Manny Pina continue to compete to be the replacement for rehabbing Jason Kendall.

"We've still got time," manager Ned Yost said.

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"Brayan finally had a pretty good game the other day, which I was happy to see," Yost said, referring to his defensive work Thursday against Seattle. Never mind that he got two hits and knocked in three runs.

"I don't care about the offense," Yost said. "I care about it but my whole focus is that I want a guy back there that can call a game, that can block pitches, that receives balls -- can be a catcher. And he had a good game the other day. That's a good sign."

How is the defense going for May, a converted infielder-outfielder?

"So-so," Yost said.

Pina is considered a defensive whiz.

"Like you saw yesterday, Manny can catch and throw and calls a decent game. Not much offense right now but I think he's going to be able to hit," Yost said.

Both Pena and May are out of options; Pina has options remaining, so that could be a factor.

Kendall, who had right shoulder surgery last September, is likely to start the season on the disabled list but could be ready at some point in April.