Gathright leaves in ninth inning

Gathright leaves in ninth inning

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Joey Gathright was pulled out of center field during the ninth inning of Thursday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers as a precautionary measure.

Gathright had a tight hamstring and was replaced by Alberto Callaspo with one out in the ninth as the Royals were about to wrap up an 11-3 victory over the Brewers.

"Just tightened up. That's why I went ahead and ran A.C. out there. I didn't want him to pull," manager Trey Hillman said.

"I was glad when he came in [because] I asked him immediately if he pulled and he said, 'No, just tight.' We'll see how he is tomorrow."

Gathright entered the game in the sixth inning and had an RBI single in his only at-bat. He's batting .333 (13-for-39) with eight stolen bases.

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